Under $20 Value Wine Pick – 2007 Cartlidge & Browne Pinot Noir, California

Winery: Cartlidge & Browne WineryC&B Pinot

Bottling: 2007 Pinot Noir

Region: California

Sub-Regions: Fruit source breakdown — Monterey(56%), Solano(18%), Mendocino(15%), San Luis Obispo(6%) and Sonoma County(5%)

Estimated Retail Price: $12

Purchase Details: Purchased for $13.99 plus tax at Beverages & More on Geary Avenue in San Francisco, California.

Tasting Notes: A medium light ruby hue in the glass.  On the nose, aromas of wild berries, cherries and spice.  In the mouth, flavors of red cherries, red plum, fennel, baking spices and cola on the finish.  Light-bodied, juicy fruit and non-existent tannins allow for supreme gulping pleasure.

Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: Pasta, grilled fare, baked salmon, Asian food or anything that’s edible for that matter will pair easily with this wine.

Winery & Other Background Information: I love Cartlidge & Browne wines.  For a winery of their production size, no one does a better job of consistently crafting the quality of wine they do, and retailing them at the most fair prices around.  I can say confidently that without a doubt, their wines were the number one seller in terms of cases sold when we had our dear little retail store.

Their wine making philosophy is simple and straightforward.  *Produce wines that are pure, correct expressions of the actual grape (merlot should taste like a merlot, etc.), *have the fruit, not the oak, be what shines in the bottle, *pair well with food, *not have excessive alcohol levels, and *exceed consumer expectations.  Cartlidge & Browne wines is truly the best value out there in their price range they compete in.  Pinot, Chard, Zin, Syrah, you name it, they make it and its all good.

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