Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Castle Rock Pinot Noir
There was some braised beef short ribs for a cold night and a bottle of the 2011 Castle Rock Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. This time the beef was braised in white wine and chicken stock instead of red wine and beef stock so it presented a much lighter and brighter profile. No tomatoes were involved here either. The wine had a wonderful aroma of fresh fruit and spice, and it fell in that wonderful middle range as far as depth, strength of flavor. Fresh cherries with a bit of raspberry, a bit of cinnamon and vanilla, and a touch of earthiness gave it a great flavor profile. Nicely balanced acid and long finished made it nearly perfect with the beef ribs. Good wine and at $13 a great price.
2011 Castle Rock Willammette Valley Pinot Noir. 13.5% alcohol and $13.