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2016 Elementus California 'Y Factor' Pinot Noir

2016 Elementus California 'Y Factor' Pinot Noir Zoom

This nicely balanced wine offers notes of cedar, smoke, mocha, red cherry, raspberry, strawberry and subtle oak.

Varietal: Pinot Noir Vintage: 2016
Brand: Elementus
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About This Wine

Whether naturally occurring or “inoculated” by a vintner, yeast plays a big role in the crafting of fine wine.

In fact, yeast is the most important element that distinguishes wine from simple grape juice. Without yeast, we’d be drinking a lot more grape juice! It is yeast that takes the sugars found in wine grapes and converts them into alcohol and carbon dioxide through the process known as fermentation.

This process provides a winemaker with various stylistic choices. As an example, the vintner may choose to drop the fermentation temperature to a point where the yeast becomes inactive, thus retaining some residual sugar in the finished wine.

Proper use of yeast also plays a key role in the balance of a wine, and the 2016 Elementus “Y Factor” is a beautifully balanced Pinot Noir with an array of enticing aromas and flavors. In this case, the “Y” stands not only for yeast, but also for yummy.

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:Pinot Noir
  • Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
  • Aromas & Flavors:Cedar, Smoke, Mocha, Red Cherry, Raspberry, Strawberry and Subtle Oak Notes
  • Aging Vessels:Select Oak Barrels
  • When to Drink:Now Though 2020
  • Food Pairing Suggestion:seared duck breast with pomegranate citrus glaze.

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Recipes.

14 recipes match for this wine.

  • The Perfect Potatoes With the holidays on the horizon, several ACWC members have asked us for recipes to accompany main dishes such as turkey, ham. Here's one we love - and it can even be a meal in itself, served with a glass of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir. It makes 6 to 8 servings... Get The Recipe
    Duck Breast With Red Wine Risotto This recipe calls for a good quality red wine, and we suggest either Pinot Noir, Merlot. Whichever you choose, we also suggest serving that wine with the meal. This recipe 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
    Grenoble Style Salmon This recipe, which matches beautifully with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, makes 4 servings... Get The Recipe
    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 lambprime rib, and serve with Pinot Noir, Malbec red blend... 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, Syrah. Get The Recipe
    Balsamic Maple Glazed Salmon Try this recipe, which makes 4 servings, with Pinot Noir, Syrah. Get The Recipe
    Tuscan Style Roasted Game Hens If you're looking for a change from turkey, 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
    Smoked Salmon Penne Pasta In a world of anything-goes-food-and-wine pairing, we're on the lookout for recipes that match well with red OR white wines. This is one such recipe, and it makes two servings... 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
    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
    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
    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
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