Full Review

Forchini

Forchini
2015 Proprietor’s Reserve Estate Grown, Pinot Noir, Sonoma County-Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: .03%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$32

Forchini
2015 Proprietor’s Reserve Estate Grown, Pinot Noir, Sonoma County-Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14% RS: .03%
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of cranberry sauce, foraged mushrooms, freshly peeled orange, and cedar with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, complex, medium-length roasted beets and squash, allspice, clove, and toasted pine nuts finish with light oak flavor. A wildly appealing Pinot Noir with a savory side; a great choice for Thanksgiving.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Savory
Aroma Aroma: cranberry sauce, foraged mushrooms, freshly peeled orange, and cedar
Taste Flavor: roasted beets and squash, allspice, clove, and toasted pine nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A wildly appealing Pinot Noir with a savory side; a great choice for Thanksgiving.

The Producer

Forchini Vineyards & Winery

The Producer
5141 Dry Creek Rd
Healdsburg, CA 95448
USA
1 707-431-8886

Their Portfolio

93 Forchini 2014 Old Vine, Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 15.2% (USA) $30.00.
89 Forchini 2013 Proprietor’s Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $36.00.
89 Forchini 2013 Proprietor’s Reserve Estate Grown & Bottled, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley 14.3% (USA) $36.00.
92 Forchini 2013 BeauSierra Bordeaux Blend Estate Grown & Bottled, Dry Creek Valley 14.1% (USA) $30.00.
88 Forchini 2014 BeauSierra Bordeaux Blend Estate Grown, Dry Creek Valley 14% (USA) $28.00.
93 Forchini 2014 Proprietor’s Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley 14% (USA) $36.00.
90 Forchini 2016 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 13.5% (USA) $24.00.
93 Forchini 2015 Estate Grown & Bottled Proprietor Reserve Old Vine , Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley 15% (USA) $28.00.
89 Forchini 2014 Proprietor’s Reserve Estate Grown, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $36.00.
91 Forchini 2017 Estate Grown, Chardonnay, Sonoma County-Russian River Valley 13.8% (USA) $24.00.
91 Forchini 2016 Old Vine Proprietor’s Reserve, Zinfandel, Sonoma County-Dry Creek Valley 15.3% (USA) $30.00.
93 Forchini 2015 Proprietor’s Reserve Estate Grown, Pinot Noir, Sonoma County-Russian River Valley 14% (USA) $32.00.
93 Forchini 2016 Proprietor’s Reserve Estate Grown, Pinot Noir, Sonoma County-Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $32.00.
96 Forchini 2015 Proprietor’s Reserve Estate Grown, Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley 14.3% (USA) $34.00.

Pinot Noir

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Serve in a Burgundy Wine Glass
Pinot Noir is one of the world’s most fascinating red varieties. While many red grapes produces wines of power and youthful intensity, a wine made from Pinot Noir is often more refined with higher acidity and lower levels of tannins. The spiritual home for Pinot Noir is Burgundy, where it is produced in many styles, from very light to examples that can age for two to three decades.

Pinot Noirs tend to have aromas and flavors red cherry fruit, while some offer notes of wild strawberry, plum or even floral notes such as carnation and red roses. As tannins in Pinot Noir are not as pronounced as in a grape such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Nebbiolo, most Pinot Noirs can be enjoyed upon release, which is usually two to three years after the vintage.

Burgundy works extremely well for Pinot Noir, as it is a cool climate; a warm or hot climate would not bring out the perfumes of the variety. Thus growers in several countries have planted Pinot Noir in their coolest regions, looking to emulate Burgundy. These include the Willamette Valley in Oregon; Russian River Valley, Santa Lucia Highlands and Sta. Rita Hills in California (among others); Central Otago in New Zealand; Casablanca and San Antonio Valleys in Chile and the Rheinhessen, Pfalz and Baden in Germany (where the grape is known as Spatburgunder). The concept of terroir – a wine is the producet of its specific environment – is most often associated with Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noirs tend to pair well with poultry (duck a l’orange is a classic match), game birds and even certain types of seafoods (as tannins are low), such as salmon, tuna and halibut.