Full Review

Monterey Canyon

Monterey Canyon
2013 Pinot Noir, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Turkey

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8% RS: .43%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$17.99
Best Buy
Cellar Selection

Monterey Canyon
2013 Pinot Noir, Monterey County

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Turkey

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.8% RS: .43%
Bright medium garnet color. Bright, creamy, savory aromas and flavors of cherry custard tart, spiced nougat, and coconut macaroon with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, cheery nutskin, vanilla toffee, and red licorice finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A fruity, bright, creamy sipper that is sure to please.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy, smooth & fruity
Aroma Aroma: cherry custard tart, spiced nougat, and coconut macaroon
Taste Flavor: nutskin, vanilla toffee, and red licorice
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own or with food
Recipes Pairing: Turkey Meatballs, Braciole, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fruity, bright, creamy sipper that is sure to please.

The Producer

Bronco Wine Company

The Producer
33 Harlow Court
Napa, CA 94558
USA
1 707-346-6025

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92 Rosenblum NV Vintner’s Cuvée XXXIX, Zinfandel, California 13.9% (USA) $19.99.
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86 Rutherford Vintners 2014 Chardonnay, Napa Valley 12.5% (USA) $19.99.
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87 Rutherford Vintners 2014 Chardonnay, Napa Valley 12.5% (USA) $17.99.
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84 Salmon Creek 2014 Chardonnay, California 12.5% (USA) $8.99.
88 Salmon Creek 2015 Pinot Grigio, California 12.5% (USA) $8.99.
86 Salmon Creek 2016 Chardonnay, California 12.5% (USA) $9.99.
84 Salmon Creek NV Brut Sparkling, California 12% (USA) $10.99.
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85 Silver Ridge 2014 Pinot Noir, California 12.5% (USA) $11.99.
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83 Snap Dragon 2014 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99.
87 Snap Dragon 2014 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
87 Stone Cellars 2015 Chardonnay, California 12.5% (USA) $8.99.
85 Stone Cellars 2015 Chef’s Collection, Chardonnay, California 12.5% (USA) $10.99.
86 Stone Cellars NV Cuvee Brut, California 12% (USA) $13.99.
90 The California Winery 2013 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $9.99.
86 The Great American Wine Company 2014 Chardonnay, California 13.5% (USA) $14.99.
88 Three Knights 2011 Cabernet Franc, Knights Valley 13.5% (USA) $25.99.
88 Three Knights 2012 Malbec, Knights Valley 13.5% (USA) $25.99.
91 Three Knights 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley 13.5% (USA) $21.99.
89 Three Knights 2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 13.5% (USA) $21.99.
86 Three Knights 2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley 13.5% (USA) $21.99.
87 White Truck 2015 Unoaked, Chardonnay, California 13% (USA) $11.99.
85 Wild Hare 2015 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $10.99.

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.