One typically doesn't think of Pinot Noir and Napa, but the district of Carneros spans into both Napa and Sonoma and is the home of many excellent Pinot Noirs. This is a very pretty, elegantly styled Pinot. Ruby in color, clear and bright and a touch lighter. The nose is nice with bright cherries, macerated cherries, sandalwood and a touch of chervil. Medium bodied. On the palate, this has cherries and cherry cough drop notes with a touch of anise. Light tannins. Very smooth and easy to sip. Nice finish. This drinks great on its own and would work well with salmon or roasted fowl. It won't get better, but should drink well for another five to seven years. A pretty good value for a California Pinot. This retails for $28 but it can pay to shop around.
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