James and I thought we’d start our first Sunday Salud entry out with a bang. We’ve been holding on to this bottle of wine for about 5 months now, waiting for the perfect time to enjoy it. Alas, Sunday Salud was born and we finally get to uncork it all-the-while raising our glasses to our mothers, back in Alabama!
Name: Frei Brothers Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
Region: Northern Sonoma, CA
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Alcohol Content: 13.8%
Food Pairing: Rosemary and Balsamic Porkchop with a Blueberry Demi, Red Pepper and Nueske Bacon Grits and sauteed Brocolini. Dessert: Pot de Creme
Color & Appearance: Translucent crimson
Nose/Aroma: Peppery-oak, definitely smells like California
Mouth/Flavors: Overall soft, blackberry in front, tart cherry and apple crisp on the end
Conclusions/Impressions: Well-rounded and smooth. We agreed that this is our new favorite Pinot Noir, definitely the best we’ve tasted in a while.
Rating: (score from 1-10) 9+
Overall, we loved this bottle! And I can’t lie…I definitely enjoyed the food, too!