This Pinot Noir seems a bit more robust than some of the California Pinots we’ve enjoyed, but that might be due to the Carneros region being a bit warmer and south of the Russian River area where we typically get Pinots from. It’s lively but softened and earthy from the oak – but don’t take our word for it, here’s what some of the experts are saying. At $65 per bottle from the winery, this wine is a fine example of how wonderful California Pinot Noirs can be. Would we buy more? Absolutely.
One reviewer said “It’s meant for the table, not as a stand alone drink. That’s what wine is for, right? This is worthy of your finest dinners. An herb encrusted roast of pork or beef will bring a mutual admiration society of flavors to your guests.”
I served it with a highly flavored meatloaf and mashed potatoes with sour cream and sea salt. I know, sacrilege, right? But enjoying wine is about pairing it with food in a way that takes the experience from enjoyable to sublime. Meatloaf worked! And now, after we’ve finished dinner, the last few ounces in the bottle are even better than the pre-dinner taste.
“Getting some cherry, although it’s subtle. It’s an amazing wine, don’t bug me, I’m watching golf.”
- Robert Mondavi 2012 Reserve Carneros, Napa Valley Pinot Noir
- 100% Pinot Noir
- Appelation: Carneros
- 14.5% Alcohol