Red Wine of the Week
A Pick from Her VineNess
Perhaps my new favorite wine, this brilliant Pinot Meunier from the Russian River Valley just won a gold medal at the Salinas Valley Wine Competition, juried by sommeliers from leading Carmel and Big Sur dining establishments. It’s exciting, delicious and will dazzle your friends with its sizzling flavors.
Pinot Meunier is planted in the Champagne region of France for its spicy red fruit component that can add a nice lift to sparkling. When made into a still red wine, it sings like a nightingale, beautifully and sweetly. This wine’s aromas of fresh picked raspberries and roses are absolutely alluring, and the flavors are like a spring day, filled with alpine strawberries and hints of cremini mushrooms. The acidity is kite-flying breezy and if you like zip and spice in your Pinot Noir, you will fall in love with its ginger and cinnamon zing. This wine would be amazing with duck confit and raspberry-tangerine compote.
Sadly, this is a “one and done,” as VP of sales for La Rochelle, Tracey Hoff says. They were able to get fruit only one year from the famed Saralee’s vineyard in Sonoma county before Kendall Jackson purchased it. With 900 cases made, it will hopefully last long enough to delight lovers of bright, sassy and flirty Pinot Noir. Get your share now. It’s the perfect wine for the holidays, for giving, sharing and enjoying!
This wine can be purchased on the Steven Kent website at