Wild Horse Unbridled Pinot Noir 2007
Clay Brock blends this wine from Garey and Solomon Hills vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, and from Rancho Las Hermanas Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills. It's complex and heady with scents of chaparral, fennel and strawberry. It's also tight and transparent, moving past the substantial heft of the flavors to leave a light and lasting impression. The tannins glint with light, like sun refracting off the sand on a beach. Serve it with pan-roasted sea bass in a pinot reduction.
Here’s a beautifully lush, rich Pinot Noir. Made in a silky, drink-me-now style, it has flashy flavors of raspberries, cherries, cola and sandalwood. A very nice, upscale wine for pairing with steak, grilled salmon or rosemary-seasoned chicken.
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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.