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).
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!