Saturday, December 27, 2008
Montoya Vineyards 2006 Pinot Noir (California)
In my discussion with my local wine merchant (whilst in Michigan that is) he told me of his favourite Pinot Noir. Now of course favourite is all relative because I gave him a hard limit of $15 - with the Canadian dollar being as much as 20% less than its American counterpart at this time, one does have to take that into consideration when making a purchase. Dave (the aforementioned wine merchant) quickly responded with this Montoya Pinot from Monterey county in California. Dollar for dollar my best value in Pinot, or so I am told. Tonight I pour it alongside a vadalia onion and red pepper chicken … a decent combination. The wine smells of fresh red berries: rasp-, straw-, cran-, along with some sour cherry and a slight earthy aroma. The taste follows suit with much of what the nose promises: cranberry, sour cherry, raspberry with some touches of vanilla and cinnamon on the finish. My non-red wine drinking sweetie manages to polish off her glass and requests some more.