About This Wine
Salmon is often thought of as a perfect pairing partner for Pinot Noir.
That’s especially true of Pinot Noir from the cooler climes of California, including the Monterey area near the top of the Golden State’s vast Central Coast region. Sparrow Creek sourced its Pinot Noir grapes from Monterey for the 2017 vintage, and the result is a cuvee worthy of salmon and many other culinary delights.
Check out the box for our tasting panel’s recommended salmon preparation to accompany this wine. Or consider the Sparrow Creek vintner’s suggested pairing partners: tuna, swordfish, lobster, shrimp, roast chicken, duck, pasta dishes and sushi. Yes, the 2017 Sparrow Creek Pinot Noir certainly satisfies an abundance of pairing preferences.
To help elevate the fruit flavor of the wine, some of the lots were aged in American oak barrels, and others in French oak. The finished product is easy drinking, extremely food friendly and delicious.
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:Pinot Noir
- Grape Source:Monterey Growing Area of California’s Central Coast
- Aromas & Flavors:Light Red Cherry, Strawberry, Blackberry, Vanilla and a Hint of Smoke
- Aging Vessels:New and Seasoned French and American Oak Barrels for 9 to 12 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2020
- Food Pairing Suggestion:plank-roasted smoked salmon with shallots, cracked pepper and blackberry demi-glace.
14 recipes match for this wine.
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
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