Full Review

River Road

River Road
2019 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.3%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$19

River Road
2019 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Pasta Pork

Category: Pinot Noir

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.3%
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of warm cherry and currant tart, marinated beets and meats, melted chocolate toffee, and honeycomb on toast with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, delightful, medium-long finish manifesting accents of flan fig and delicate sweet spices with a suggestion of oak flavor. A round, spicy and juicy Pinot Noir that will be a nice choice for Asian meat dishes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World & Non-Oaky
Aroma Aroma: warm cherry and currant tart, marinated beets and meats, melted chocolate toffee, and honeycomb on toast
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of flan fig and delicate sweet spices
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Spicy Barbecue, Beef Teriyaki, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A round, spicy and juicy Pinot Noir that will be a nice choice for Asian meat dishes.

The Producer

River Road Family Vineyards and Winery

The Producer
5220 Ross Rd
Sebastopol, CA 95472
USA
1 707-887-8130

Their Portfolio

87 River Road 2021 Un-Oaked, Chardonnay, California 12.5% (USA) $14.00.
85 River Road 2021 Sur Lie Aged Reserve Un-Oaked, Chardonnay, California 14.1% (USA) $17.00.
90 River Road 2019 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.3% (USA) $19.00.
92 River Road 2021 Reserve, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 13.7% (USA) $17.00.
89 River Road 2018 Mills Cuvee, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 14.2% (USA) $29.00.
88 River Road 2021 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 14.3% (USA) $19.00.
86 River Road 2020 Double Oaked, Chardonnay, California 14.8% (USA) $16.00.
89 River Road 2021 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 13.5% (USA) $17.00.
88 River Road 2020 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $17.00.
87 River Road 2020 Double Oaked, Chardonnay, California 14.8% (USA) $16.00.
92 River Road 2021 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 14.1% (USA) $17.00.
92 River Road 2021 Sur Lie Aged Reserve Un-Oaked, Chardonnay, California 14.1% (USA) $16.00.
86 River Road 2021 Un-Oaked, Chardonnay, California 12.5% (USA) $14.00.
87 River Road 2020 Pinot Noir, California 13.5% (USA) $17.00.
87 River Road 2022 Reserve Sur Lie Aged Un-Oaked, Chardonnay, California 14.1% (USA) $17.00.
88 River Road 2021 Double Oaked, Chardonnay, California 14.8% (USA) $16.00.
86 River Road 2022 Un-Oaked, Chardonnay, California 12.5% (USA) $14.00.
BR River Road Family Vineyards 2022 Reserve Sur Lie Aged Un-Oaked, Chardonnay, California 14.1% (USA) $17.00. - Bronze Medal
85 River Road Family Vineyards 2021 Double Oaked, Chardonnay, California 14.8% (USA) $16.00.
85 River Road Family Vineyards 2022 Un-Oaked, Chardonnay, California 12.5% (USA) $14.00.
BR River Road Family Vineyards 2022 Reserve Sur Lie Aged Un-Oaked, Chardonnay, California 14.1% (USA) $17.00. - Bronze Medal
85 River Road Family Vineyards 2021 Double Oaked, Chardonnay, California 14.8% (USA) $16.00.
87 River Road Family Vineyards 2022 Un-Oaked, Chardonnay, California 12.5% (USA) $14.00.
90 River Road Family Vineyards 2022 Chardonnay, Sonoma County 13.5% (USA) $17.00.
88 River Road Family Vineyards 2021 Pinot Noir, California 14% (USA) $19.00.
90 River Road Family Vineyards 2022 Un-Oaked, Cabernet Sauvignon, California 12.5% (USA) $14.00.
90 River Road Family Vineyards 2022 Reserve, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley 13.7% (USA) $24.00.
87 River Road Family Vineyards 2023 Un-Oaked, Chardonnay, California 12.5% (USA) $14.00.

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.