A Step-Up Sonoma Coast Pinot

13 Mar

Coppola Director’s Pinot Noir 2011, Sonoma, CA. Sample from Wine Chateau, $16/bottle (Lists for $28.)

With a bright red ruby color and nose of cherry and oak, this is an unmistakable Russian River California pinot noir. In the mouth, cherry, orange peel, and cranberry are dominant with notes of cola, overly ripe strawberry, clove, peppercorn and a touch of toasted oak leading into a medium, semi-tight finish. The wine paired well with salmon, vegetables, and cheese.

On the second night I tried this with Chinese food and was pleasantly surprised how well the pinot held its own. The wine had relaxed with air and opened demurely for a young wine, the development demonstrating the spice and allowing the wine to gently soften for a slightly more satisfying pinot on its own with more subtle fruit and relaxed acidity.

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This is a nice bottle above the $9-12 bottle fray that you can choose with confidence for a step up in structure and depth to compete in the $20-$30 range.

Here is a link to the Director’s Pinot Noir on Wine Chateau’s site if you’d like to order it from them. And here is a link to the bottle on the Coppola website.

à votre santé!

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