The persnickety pinot noir is a grape that is challenging to grow but delivers one of the more terroir-driven wines.
Normally light to medium-bodied, pinot is known for its earthiness and delicate tannins. This California pinot — named after the 39th parallel that runs through the heart of wine country — is quite rustic. It’s the only time we’ve ever used an aerator on a pinot and the results were immediate — tannic and bitter notes changed to well-developed dark fruit and spice.
Let this wine breathe and enjoy a fine pinot for under $10.
Sherry: “Flavors of boysenberry, black cherry and spicy clove.” (3.25 stars out of 5)
Chris: “A leathery bouquet with flavors of dark black cherry, cranberry and a spicy finish.” (3.25 stars out of 5)
Available from $7 to $10.
Coming next week: Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc and Viognier