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March 21, 2014 Wine Pick of the Week

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Ferrari-Carano 2012 PN Picmonkey

2012 Pinot Noir


Ferrari-Carano Vineyards and Winery

Anderson Valley

Alcohol: 14.3%

Suggested Retail: $38


“Prominent aromas of raspberry and cola, followed by subtler aspects of cinnamon and nutmeg, currently referred to as 'brown spices' in many reviews. Dark cherry and cranberry fruit show on the palate in this powerful Pinot from one of California's best growing regions for the variety. As with most examples of high-quality Pinot Noir, be they from California or Burgundy, there are layered subtleties. We found an elusive herbal quality (sage?), that came and went, as did a bit of dark chocolate. Moderately-long finish in the thoroughly satisfying wine.”

Food Affinity: “Salmon is the hip pairing often suggested for Pinot Noir, but we feel that at 14.3% alcohol, this wine is too big for all but the boldest of salmon preparations. If we could pull a mallard out of the freezer to roast, we'd go in that direction (domestic ducks or geese would also work, especially if prepared with a sauce or marinade including red fruit). Two more accessible ideas might be pan roasted pork chops in some brown sauce incorporating sage and thyme or grilled Portobello mushrooms that have been marinated in a vinaigrette with garlic and parsley for an hour or so.”

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