Kenwood Vineyards Pinot Noir 2010, Russian River Valley, California

 I am not a wine drinker who looks for alcohol content on my bottles very often, but when sizing up a Napa Valley or Sonoma County Pinot Noir the alcohol by volume measure usually foreshadows the imminent drink. The 2010 Kenwood Vineyards Pinot Noir from Sonoma’s Russian River Valley shows a middle-weight 13.5% which suggest cooler temperature and, in theory, some acidity. I pulled this wine out to match with a steak salad with arugula for greens, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I wanted something that would work with the tasty steak and not clash with my vinegar. I think I made the right call.

On the Nose: Definitely not from Burgundy, the fruit here morphed from cherry to cherry wood.

Into the Gulp: the 2010 Kenwood Russian River Pinot is a fresh, smooth. flavourful and long lasting toboggan run starting with a good acid spray and concentrated field berries, toasted barrel and a sweetened cranberry echo on the end that reverberates for a while.

Musical Match: Santa Monica by Jay Malinowski captures images and snapshots from the iconic California beach community, in a new voice. This 2010 Russian River Valley Kenwood Vineyards Pinot Noir is another snapshot that can only be California – but in it’s own voice. The wine does show more fruit than the scratchy vocal rendition but otherwise these two are a pretty good match.

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