2014 Emeritus Pinot Noir Hallberg Ranch Russian River Valley

Spicy and piquant Russian River Pinot Noir

2014 Emeritus Pinot Noir Hallberg Ranch Russian River Valley

An Pinot grown in Emeritus’s Hallberg Ranch in sandy Goldridge loam over clay. The wine spent ten months in French oak, one-quarter new.

Its medium garnet robe is trimmed with dusty pink, and the perfume is spicy like a cinnamon red-hot. I’m sure the barrel has something to do with this impression, but it reads mostly like the fruit’s essential character. Notes of woodsy sous bois and brushy herbs pose a welcome counterpoint. The body is piquant, with prickly, star-pointed acidity above tart, saturated red fruits, particularly pink grapefruit and cranberry. The tannins are modest, and the finish is spiked with ginger-cinnamon.

The sharpness and spice suggest the wine would pair particularly well with tagines and pilafs, picking out the clove-y notes while refreshing the dishes’ savory temperament.

14% abv | $42 (sample)

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