Tasting Panel 90 - Chocolate and cherry on the nose with hints of cinnamon and tart cranberry. A pretty little wine, it’s clean, pure, juicy, and long.
A to Z has worked over the years with more than 100 Oregon vineyards, noting different profiles within each region, soil type, elevation, aspect or individual vineyard sites resulting in different fruit, tannin or acidity profiles. In making the 2016 A to Z Essence Pinot Noir blend, a number of vineyards were selected to offer a more structured, darker profile. The fruit was fermented by individual vineyard lots and then the majority of the wine was aged in traditional 55 gallon French-oak Burgundy-shaped barrels for nine months. OREGONICALLY GROWN®.
Pairs Well With
GENERAL: A pretty, versatile wine that will pair neatly with most proteins cooked in a wide variety of styles, as well as earthy, and rustic vegetables, and bright-red to black fruits like cherry, cranberry, or plum.
SPECIFIC: Fuller-bodied seafood like Salmon, Halibut, or Trout All manner of pork Grilled meats and vegetables from chicken to venison Braised meats and stews Root vegetables and mushrooms, especially mushrooms Learn to like duck. Duck is fantastic with Pinot Noir. Make a cherry gastrique and add it to the duck. You will become the food and wine hero of the universe.