|Pinot Noir aficionados agree that the best California Pinot Noir comes from the Russian River Valley where early morning fog, warm days, an afternoon breeze from the sea and cool nights combine to make for some very happy Pinot Noir grapes. The higher alcohol content speaks to the warmer microclimate of the vineyards.
It has been written that a plague of locusts is about the only challenge that Northern California growers and winemakers didn't face in 2010. The growing season delivered one headache after another beginning with record-breaking low temperatures that led to late bud break, followed by twice the historic average rainfall in May. After pleasant weather in June, the summer turned cool with heavy fog almost every day followed by warm, sunny afternoons. A record breaking blast of heat in August resulted in damage to the tender fruit. While yields were down as a result of the challenging season, the harvested fruit was perfectly ripe and the resulting wine will certainly please pinot-heads.
The Ministry of the Vinterior has spared no expense or effort in farming what it feels is a paradigm of this variety. But individual taste is subjective and the general population will decide the flavors and qualities it finds in the wine. As one of the world’s most versatile food wines, Pinot Noir plays well with poultry, beef, fish, lamb and pork; with creamy sauces and spicy foods; with bare thighs and a rubber duck. It’s the only wine the populace ever needs