October 15, 2013 |
Wine & Food Pairings |
Pinot Noir: Complexity and Intense Aromatics
Pinot noir captures the imagination in all its manifestations, from austere and mineral-rich to super-ripe and chocolaty. Coveted by collectors and loved by pinophiles, this difficult-to-grow grape has an intricacy and intense aromatics that set it apart from other red wine grapes. Delicate, yet with the backbone to age gracefully, Pinot Noir has inspired many rhapsodic musings. Perhaps the most well-known was Miles' ode to pinot noir in the movie "Sideways": "...it can only grow in these really specific, little, tucked away corners of the world. And, and only the most patient and nurturing of growers can do it, really. Only somebody who really takes the time to understand Pinot's potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then, I mean, oh its flavors, they're just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and... ancient on the planet."
The Foley Food & Wine Society encompasses six of these "tucked away corners of the world" where careful handcrafting brings the luster of the varietal in the truest expression of each terroir to the bottle.
Please visit our Exchange for a full listing of our Pinot Noir.
We've selected a few examples, across a diverse range of flavor profiles and of price points. This sampling of pinot noir would be a informational and delicious starting point to explore the variations of the grape. Some perfect food pairings for Pinot Noir: salmon, goat cheese, beets, mushrooms and triple cream Brie.
2010 Two Sisters Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills
Our 2010 Two Sisters Pinot Noir is complex, concentrated and elegant. The nose is high-toned, and intense with suggestions of sweet red fruit and mint. The palate is full, flavorful and juicy with seamless tannins and a finish that is long and persistent. These limited-production bottlings come from the best blocks of Pinot Noir (Lindsay’s Vineyard) at our estates in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA.
2011 Foley Barrel Select Pinot Noir
Our 2011 Barrel Select Pinot Noir is made from only the best hand selected fruit harvested from our Lindsay’s Vineyard. It is undeniably California in style with concentrated layers of bright cherry and raspberry fruit accompanied by sweet, floral undertones. The palate is rich and viscous with moderate tannins that act as a framework for the fruit. The finish is long, powerful and balanced.
2010 Lincourt Willie Mae Pinot Noir
Our 2010 Willie Mae Pinot is powerful, lavish, ripe and structured. The nose is broad and complex with notes of root beer, cedar, black fruit and dried herbs. The flavors are rich, layered and juicy with an underlying acidity that a lively palate.
2011 Sebastiani Pinot Noir, Robert’s Vineyard
Our 2011 Robert’s Vineyard Pinot is more elegant than previous vintages with all the trademark earthiness and spice you would expect from this great site. The nose is subtle and demure with dark cherries, cranberries and a dash of forest floor. The palate is both velvety and crisp. This is a wine of great balance, style and refinement. Robert’s Vineyard is located in the cool, windy Carneros AVA at the southern end of Sonoma County.
2010 Lincourt Pinot Noir, Lindsay’s Vineyard
Our 2010 Lindsay’s Pinot Noir has a deep crimson hue leading to classic Pinot aromas of cola, red and black cherries, candied strawberries and cassis. While the wine is blessed with firm acidity, it is broad, silky and balanced on the palate.
2010 Roth Estate Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
Roth Estate is committed to making wines that best express the diverse and idyllic growing conditions in Sonoma County. The 2010 Roth Estate Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is an elegant and fruit-forward wine. Vibrant hints of rose petals and raspberries are seamlessly integrated with a fine minerality, bright acidity, and hints of sweet vanilla on the finish.
2010 Sebastiani Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast
The 2010 delivers more “Oriental Spice” in the nose and on the palate than past Pinot Noirs! It also has more acidity and less oak than past efforts. The highlights are maraschino and dark cherries followed by strawberries, mocha, vanilla and sandalwood. The finish is firm, tight and spicy with the underlying minerality we like to see in our Pinots.
"Of all the grapes that are transformed into fine wines, none are as steadfast as Pinot Noir in refusing to be tamed. If any grape would be at home in the pose of the femme fatale – smoke-curling from its lips, long, irresistible legs crossed as another winemaker is sent to his doom – it would be Pinot Noir." --Eric Asimov, New York Times