Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Carneros Creek Pinot Noir Reserve 2005

The Carneros Creek winery was founded in 1972 by the husband and wife team of Francis and Kathleen Mahoney. In 2006, Michael Mondavi, son of the late Robert Mondavi, purchased the winery. And now, in March 2009, Sapphire Wines from Franklin, TN buys the Carneros Creek label. Pinot Noir has been the specialty at Carneros Creek since the Mahoney's operated the winery. This 2005 Reserve is full bodied but has silky tannins and very little oak. It starts with a very nice fruity, cherry and plum nose and has an earthy cherry, red licorice taste. It got more expressive as it opened. We served the 2005 Pinot Noir Reserve at a luncheon, along with some mini open faced steak sandwiches on garlic toast with caramelized onions and provolone cheese topped with a parsley oil. We have served this wine several times and it has always been a hit. Give it a try. This retails for about $22.

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