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Kirkland Signature

Kirkland Signature
2016 Pinot Noir, Carneros, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$9.99
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Kirkland Signature
2016 Pinot Noir, Carneros, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Vegetables

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: <1%
Pale light ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of marinated beets, crispy bacon, dried cherries, and baking chocolate and hint of wax with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish manifesting impressions of craisin, alpine herbs, roasted nuts, and hint of menthol mint with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A toothsome savory pinot noir with lots of nuances and great pairing potential.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, New World & Savory
Aroma Aroma: marinated beets, crispy bacon, dried cherries, and baking chocolate and hint of wax
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with impressions of craisin, alpine herbs, roasted nuts, and hint of menthol mint
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Roast Duck With Mushroom Cream Sauce, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A toothsome savory pinot noir with lots of nuances and great pairing potential.

The Importer

Misa Imports

The Importer
1502 Viceroy Drive
Dallas, TX 75235
USA
1 972-235-3834

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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.