About This Wine
What’s the difference between Pinot Noir and almost every other red wine variety?
Here’s what the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission has to say on that topic: “Where most red wines focus on flavor, Pinot Noir is about texture — that sensual, succulent, juicy, fleshy, slides-down-your-throat mouthfeel that is so alluring. It is a textural delight that can only be found where morning river fogs moderate afternoon temperatures so that fruit maturity is achieved without loss of depth and suppleness.”
Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley is such a place. It’s one of a handful of Pinot Noir hubs in California, a place where soil, sunshine and cooling fog combine to provide a nearly perfect climate for Pinot.
And in vintages where Mother Nature cooperates, the wines crafted from Russian River fruit can be absolutely beguiling. The 2010 Taria (pronounced Tau-riah) is such a wine. It’s smooth, soft and seductive — a wine that’s sure to delight the senses.
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 Area of Sonoma County
- Aromas & Flavors:Blackberry, Toast, Red Cherry and Caramel
- Aging Vessels:Assorted Oak Barrels
- When to Drink:Now Through 2016
- Food Pairing Suggestionmild sausages, pork dishes, and aged cheddar cheese.
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
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