Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Great Pinot Noirs From Two World Class Growing Regions/Handley Cellars/Balletto Vineyards

We have enjoyed many great wines with Chef luc Latouse,and today we take that to another level!We will enjoy another great dish from a local restaurant,and pair them with two great Pinot Noirs!Do I have your attention?we will travel to the Bird and the Bottle and Chef Luc has one of his favorites picked out for us.First let's look at our wine notes and the website for this great Santa Rosa restaurant.We have two flagship wines to share with you,the first is the 2015 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir from Handley Cellars. The grapes for this wine originate from three very different vineyards bringing a cornucopia of fruit flavors. Following two years of successive drought, the 2015 vintage was another very early vintage here in Anderson Valley. We were concerned that sugars would rise before full fruit maturation. Luckily, with little water available, the vines responded with extremely concentrated fruit flavors. Still young and somewhat shy when first opened, given a little aeration this wine shows aromas of berry patch mingled with creaminess and toasty spice notes. Helluva Vineyard provides the candied red cherry and cinnamon Red Hot flavors. Our deep end winery estate vineyard contributes raspberry and boysenberry flavors and bright acidity. And our hilltop RSM vineyard adds blueberry, redwood forest notes, and root beer. This elegant and polished wine is full on the palate with smooth milk chocolate tannins and hints of cedar with fresh acidity focusing the fruit and encouraging another sip. Serve with game hens and mushroom gravy or veal saltimbocca. Our second Pinot is the Russian River Pinot Noir from Balletto Vineyards. This ruby-colored Pinot Noir has an intense aromatic profile that begins with equal parts bright red fruit and warm savory elements. Then, theres a touch of dark toast and forest-floor earthliness that round out the aromas and give it extra depth. The smells are complex and ever-changing in the glass over time. In the mouth, the brambly fruit aromas reappear and are surrounded by a perfect viscosity that has plenty of weight without going over the top. A crisp acidity keeps the wine lively and intertwines nicely with the structure. Its full across the palate with fine, coco-like tannins and a nice dose of astringency that lends additional grip and structure to this wine. Overall, the wine has struck the fine balance between delicate and structured, and will improve with bottle aging during the next three to five years (or more). It is undeniably Pinot Noir grown and made to be distinct, elegant and delicious. Our dish comes from The Bird and the bottle,another great restaurant from Stark's Restaurants. A modern tavern celebrating the American melting pot, James Beard Outstanding Restaurateur semifinalists Mark and Terri Stark’s newest restaurant brings intriguing interpretations of street food to life. The menu incorporates flavors from Asia, the American South, the East Coast, Jewish comfort food favorites, and a wide variety of fresh seafood, all with chef Mark Stark’s singular style. The open kitchen, with its wood-fired grill, turns out large and small plates designed for sharing in one of three cozy dining rooms or two decks. Wines, craft beers on tap and by the bottle or growler, and signature cocktails by the glass or by the shaker to share. Located just east of downtown Santa Rosa in Sonoma County wine country. Open 7 days. So we are ready! Please join us as we enjoy the great food and wines pairing from Chef Luc Latouse!Cheers! Click here and join us as we enjoy great wines and stories from Handley Cellars,Balletto Vineyards,and The Bird and the Bottle.

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