Adelsheim Pinot Noir (375ML half-bottle) 2010
Pair it with salmon or ahi, veal or pork, poultry (think duck) or beef, or hearty vegetarian entrees.
Lean and saline, this has an enticing delicacy to the aromas. The flavors are savory, more in line with salted plum and dried cherry than fresh fruit; the texture, however, is loaded with tension, a fresh, driving energy that suggests a long and pulsing life ahead—and a solid pairing with duck confit. Best Buy.
Vivid red. High-pitched aromas of redcurrant and cherry, with complicating Asian spice and floral nuances. Juicy and light on its feet, offering energetic red fruit and rose pastille flavors complemented by a touch of black tea. Finishes bright and long, with lingering spiciness and no obvious tannins.
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Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production...
Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredibly wide-ranging selection of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from boutique to massive corporations, and price and quality are equally varied—plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Coast area, while Napa is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.
Just about every style of wine you can imagine is made in California, from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. Each AVA and sub-AVA has its own distinct personality. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other Bordeaux varieties dominate, as well as Sauvignon Blanc. Sonoma County is best known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with Alsatian varieties such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, it is certain that any wine lover will find something to get excited about.