Divine Wine Sunday: Cartlidge & Browne Pinot Noir

Wine is always best when enjoyed with good company… and I had the pleasure of enjoying this week’s Divine Wine with several of my favorite people over a long dinner (and several bottles of happiness).

Cartlidge & Browne Pinot Noir

Cartlidge & Browne Pinot Noir

Divine Wine of the Week: Cartlidge & Browne 2010 Pinot Noir, Healdsburg, California

Price: $14.99/bottle available at Sportsman’s Fine Wine & Spirits, $12.99 at Total Wine (both based on prices in Phoenix, AZ)

Wino Assessment: Pinot Noir is one of my favorite overall wines (oh wait – most wines fall into this category for me!).  It is great with appetizers, with a meal, by itself, in the afternoon, in the evening. It’s just versatile.  And who doesn’t love good versatility?

The Cartlidge & Browne Pinot is a great “standard” Pinot Noir. It has all the typical flavors that you might find in a Pinot – a little earthy/oakiness while also having some soft fruit (strawberry/cherry) which balances the overall flavor. While enjoying with my friends, we all agreed that it was very smooth, easy to drink wine.

Winemaker’s Tasting Notes: The winemaker describes this wine as follows:

“Cherry, strawberry and rhubarb notes define the aromatics of this wine and are backed by hints of cinnamon and oregano. Bright flavors of cherry, raspberry and ripe tomato are balanced by a layer of earthy mushroom. Smooth and silky!”

Divine Wine Bite: Now that you have the bottle, you’re wondering what the heck to eat with it. (And yes, I firmly believe that all good meals are planned around a good bottle of wine.) Since this particular Pinot Noir has the earthy flavors as well as soft fruit and spice flavors, it can really go with a variety of dishes.  Enjoy it with hearty meats such as lamb or veal. It also pairs beautifully with salmon.  Keep in mind that to pair wine and food together well, look for common or opposite characteristics in both.  Maybe prepare your meats with a mushroom sauce (matching smooth flavors in the food to that of the wine). If you pair this wine with salmon, try it with a rich red wine reduction or a glaze of sorts.

Looking for a specific recipe? Try this Sesame Encrusted Salmon with Pinot Noir Reduction.  This is the dish that I enjoyed with friends and this bottle (or bottles) of wine and we all agreed the combination of the dish with the wine brought out flavors in both!

Give it a try! Let me know what you think!


  1. At that price I’ll have to give it a try. Pinot Noir is my favorite red. Oregon supposedly has good Pinot and so does Sonoma (I like Carneros and Sonoma Pinot’s). Healdsburg is right in between so I will look out for this one! Another great region for Pinot Noir is Central Coast, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Edna Valley.

    • Unwind – you’ve given me some ideas for future blog posts! Oregon Pinots ARE fantastic…. But I think it will be worthwhile to look into posting more about WHY the Oregon climate is so ideal for producing Pinot Noir.

      Let me know what you think when you get a bottle of Cartlidge & Browne… and especially looking forward to any recipes you post on your blog that might pair well with it!

  2. Delicious wine, delicious recipe. Glad to have my catalog of go to wines (aka W2WK blog) up and running again!

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