Talbott Vineyards 2008 Cuvée Sarah Case Pinot Noir
Our Selection for Wine of the Week May 17, 2010
Full-Bodied and Mouth-Filling Talbott Vineyards
2008 Cuvée Sarah Case Pinot Noir California
Robert Talbott is considered a bit of a trailblazer in California's Monterey County. After visiting Burgundy, he was determined to produce terroir-driven wines on the Central Coast, planting his vines in areas that others deemed unsuitable. His persistence established one of Central California's most prestigious wineries, recognized around the world for its Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. The Cuvée Sarah Case Pinot has become a flagship for the winery (along with the critically-acclaimed Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay). A deep, rich claret color gives the first hints of the Pinot's body and richness. On the nose it offers blackberry, black cherry and a touch of mint, cocoa and pepper. Delightfully mouth-filling, this full-bodied wine offers flavors of tart cherries and plums with exotic spice notes on the finish. The wine is one that could benefit from a few years aging, but if you're ready to drink it now, try it with classic dishes like boeuf bourguignon or a cheese soufflé. It will also pair nicely with salmon tartare, seared duck breast or a simple plate of summer fruits with artisan cheeses.