2007 Estate Pinot Noir Carneros, CA
Situated in the heart of the Carneros AVA (the cool climate region separating Napa and Sonoma), the vineyards of Bouchaine's estate were first planted all the way back in 1927. The property changed hands many times since that first planting, until its current owners purchased it in 1995 and gave it a much-needed overhaul. Today, Bouchaine focuses on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, the two grapes known as ideal for the Carneros region. But the winery also produces small amounts of Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Gewürztraminer (made from Anderson Valley fruit). An approachable yet reasonably sophisticated wine, the 2007 Estate Pinot is made from Bouchaine's estate grapes grown on the Napa side of Carneros. Earthy notes dominate on the nose and palate with hints of cocoa, espresso and black plum breaking through. Although dark notes dominate the wine's profile, its zippy, red fruit acidity gives it a bright note. The wine's restraint makes it a nice pairing for many foods from roasted pork loin with wild mushroom sauce to Peking duck. The earthy elements would make it a nice match for red meats as well, like an herb-crusted leg of lamb or coffee-rubbed steaks.