About This Wine
Smooth. Soft. Seductive. Sexy.
All of those words describe the 2010 Green Groves Pinot Noir, a spellbinding wine from the Russian River Valley in California’s Sonoma County. Need a few more “S” words? How about supple... or silky? They also apply.
These characteristics are a function, primarily, of the grape variety. Pinot Noir exhibited those traits long before the movie “Sideways” transformed them into hypnotic poetry. And in California, the Russian River Valley is one of a handful of Pinot hubs, a place where soil, sunshine and cooling fog combine to provide a nearly perfect climate for the variety. Add a passionate winemaker to the mix, and some truly amazing wines can result.
In 2010, Green Groves outdid itself, crafting an extraordinary Russian River Valley Pinot Noir — a wine brimming with red and black fruit flavors, accented by a kiss of sweet caramel. If we could use only one “S” word to describe it, that word would be: sublime.
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:Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, Calif.
- Aromas & Flavors:Blackberry, Red Cherry and Toasty Caramel
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2017
- Food Pairing Suggestionbeef stew, or prime rib.
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
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
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