After three years of plentiful harvests, California’s water shortage has finally caught up with Napa Valley’s vines, resulting in a much smaller crop and a very early harvest. On the positive side, the smaller berries are intensely concentrated with flavor.
The Reinke Vineyard lies in Napa Valley’s Carneros District, one of the finest wine growing regions in the world for the thin-skinned Pinot Noir grapes. The cooling breezes off the San Pablo Bay allow the grapes a longer hang time in which to develop flavor and intensity, without sacrificing acidity and true balance.
This Pinot Noir was open-top fermented and punched down twice daily with 25% whole clusters, pressed off at dryness, then aged for 17 months in 25% new and 75% neutral oak. Aromas of boysenberry and spice are up front, followed by hints of smokiness with a long, smooth finish of cola and caramel.
This Pinot Noir, pairs incredibly well with spicier Asian seasonings or sauces, such as Thai curries. Another option is to pair this wine with soft cheeses to bring out the rich fruit. Additionally, this Pinot Noir works well with milder flavors.
One of our all-time favorite pairings with our Carneros Pinot noir is sushi! Don’t be afraid to spice it up a little. Adding wasabi to your favorite sushi rolls will bring the luscious fruit of the wine forward on the palate. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
|Wine Style||Red Wine|