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2009 La Mer Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

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This dense, fruit-forward wine offers notes of red cherry, plum, vanilla, boysenberry, baking spice, coconut and toasted wood.

Varietal: Pinot Noir Vintage: 2009
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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.

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  • 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.

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    We loved the nose, body and flavor of this wine.

    2/22/2013 Cindy Keegan
    • Rater Rank 268
    • Number of Ratings 3
    • Average 4

Recipes.

14 recipes match for this wine.

  • Mushroom Barley Stew A fruity red wine is the perfect match for this hearty recipe, which serves 4 to 6. MUSHROOM BARLEY STEW Ingredients - 1 T olive oil - 2 carrots, chopped... Get The Recipe
    Pinot Noir Sauce Try this flavorful sauce over lamb or prime rib, and serve with Pinot Noir, Malbec or a red blend... Get The Recipe
    Smoked Salmon Penne Pasta In a world of "anything goes" food-and-wine pairing, we're always on the lookout for recipes that match well with either white or red wines. This is one such recipe, and it makes two servings... Get The Recipe
    Herb Crusted Tuna Steaks This recipe is extremely versatile, matching well with most white and lighter red wines. It makes 4 servings. Get The Recipe
    Pan Fried Lamb Chops This recipe, which makes 4 servings, features flavors that can be enjoyed with virtually any red wine. Turn it into a complete meal with a side dish jasmine rice. Get The Recipe
  • Balsamic Maple Glazed Salmon Try this recipe, which makes 4 servings, with Pinot Noir or Syrah. Get The Recipe
    Tomato Pesto Pasta A wonderful match with Cabernet Sauvignon, this recipe helps bring out the fruitful quality of the wine. It also matches nicely with other red wines, and serves 4. 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
    The Perfect Potatoes With the holidays on the horizon, several ACWC members have asked us for recipes to accompany main dishes such as turkey or ham. Here's one we love - and it can even be a meal in itself, served with a glass of Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. It makes 6 to 8 servings... Get The Recipe
  • 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
    Tuscan Style Roasted Game Hens If you're looking for a change from turkey or ham this holiday season, try this easy-to-prepare dish that matches well with both white and red wines. It serves 6... Get The Recipe
    Duck Breast With Red Wine Risotto This recipe calls for a good quality red wine, and we suggest either Pinot Noir or Merlot. Whichever you choose, we also suggest serving that wine with the meal. This recipe makes 4 servings. Get The Recipe
    Grenoble Style Salmon This recipe, which matches beautifully with Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, makes 4 servings... Get The Recipe
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