Rich, lively, and spicy, this offers a blast of flavors begging for a unique food pairing. Mocha on the nose really stands out, and not any wimpy American coffee and milk chocolate mocha, either, but espresso and dark chocolate, all with a background of cherries. Cherries take front stage on the palate, surrounded by a supporting cast of cranberries, raspberries, and spices, black pepper, a cayenne kick, and sage. Cola and licorice show on the mid-palate. Cherries and spice linger on the finish. Feel on the palate is silky, but spices and acids are lively. Pair with duck confit tart. Highly Recommended (91). DH
WHAT: Pinot Noir
DESIGNATION: Block 11
WHERE: California, Mendocino County
HOW MUCH: $55
*For the duck confit tart recipe, please see Quacked for Duck Confit Tart, in Out East Foodie.