Ancient Oak is a family-run winery owned by Ken Moholt-Siebert and his wife Melissa. It is built on principles of sustainable family farming. Named for the iconic oak tree presiding over the winery's Siebert vineyard, Ancient Oak currently produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, a red table wine and several Pinot Noir bottlings. Nicely priced for a boutique Russian River Pinot, the 2010 is made from a blend of the Moholt-Siebert's vineyard with grapes from several small family vineyards. Only 1000 cases were produced. On the nose, it offers bright aromas of cherry and blackberry. Nicely balanced, its subtle up-front flavors of cherry and berry evolve as the wine crosses the palate. By the finish, its berry notes move to the background, making way for bramble, espresso, toast and a hint of chocolate. It lingers reasonably long with a pleasing hint of caramel. The wine's subtlety and balance make it a nice match for food. Try it with poached salmon, duck confit and lentil salad or, for vegetarians, a chickpea stew. It would also work well with most sharp cheeses and even bitter chocolate desserts.