About This Wine
All La Mer wines have one thing in common.
As its name (which translates to “the sea”) suggests, the wines are crafted from grapes grown in coastal areas — from California’s Sonoma Coast in the north to the Central Coast in the south, including the Santa Lucia Highlands of Monterey County.
A project and passion of a Napa vintner who prefers to remain anonymous, La Mer Pinot Noir is noted for its expressive personality, dark fruit flavors and subtle smoke aroma. It’s a delicious product of a winegrowing region known primarily for two varieties: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The Santa Lucia Highlands is perched above the Salinas Valley, an agricultural hub. Because of its proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the climate is quite cool, a factor that extends the growing season and intensifies aromas and flavors in the grapes. La Mer Pinot Noir is a delicious reflection of a special region and a passionate vintner.
About Pinot Noir
Very sensitive to climate and handling in winery, this fickle grape of Burgundy yields low tannin and acidity, medium colors and lifespan. Classic berry, cherry and currant flavors, silky textures typically balanced with spicy or floral tones.
- Grape Composition:100% Pinot Noir
- Grape Source:Santa Lucia Highlands Area of Monterey County
- Aromas & Flavors:Red Cherry, Plum, Vanilla, Boysenberry, Baking Spice, Coconut and Toasted Wood
- Aging Vessels:First-Use French Oak Barrels for 14 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2016
- Food Pairing Suggestionpork, beef, or game bird dishes.
14 recipes match for this wine.
Green Salad With Cranberry Vinaigrette With almost any type of salad, we suggest Sauvignon Blanc as a well-matched wine. But because of the cranberry flavor featured in this recipe, you may want to try a wine that includes cranberry among its aromas and flavors. We tried it with a lighter-bodied Pinot Noir, and it turned out to be an intriguing and enticing combination. Get The Recipe
Pork Tenderloin With Tart Cherry Port And Caraway Sauce This delicious recipe from Sonoma County's J. Fritz Winery matches beautifully with almost any red wine. It makes 4 to 6 servings. Get The Recipe
Smoked Duck A La Orange Just in case this year's California wildfires impart a smoky flavor to vintage 2008 wines, here's a recipe that will match up nicely. Otherwise, try this dish - developed by Garre Winery Executive Chef Ty Turner -- with naturally smoky wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Pinot Noir or Syrah. Get The Recipe