As is always the case, the 2005 is a study in red fruit and
earth. The aromas first display Bing cherry, rose petal and
pomegranate, then open to wood spice, mocha and a complex dried leaf note. The palate is both silky and delineated, with an ample core of bright red fruit and autumn spice flavors that echo the nose. Food Affinities:
Delicious with seared tuna, duck breast with cherry compote,
wild mushroom risotto or grilled Sockeye salmon. Seasoning
affinities include orange peel, shaved fennel and dried berries. Look to Fontina, Tommes de Savoie or a Manchego for the cheese course.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
This small section of Northern California is situated at the base of both the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Carneros has made its reputation with its Pinot Noirs, which are filled with strawberry, cherry, spice, and chocolate, and are very rich and seductive. Chardonnay is also excellent, very buttery but not too fat.