This lovely estate pinot combines fruit from both Napa and Carneros, creating a whole that is seemingly greater than the sum of the parts. Wet and heavy with fruit, it features prominent cherry and blackberry notes, touched with spice and a bit of gritty earth that keeps the palate grounded. Complex but balanced among the worlds of fruit, spice, and terroir, it’s a small dazzler that drinks fine on its own but which merits a special dinner to be paired with it.
It’s available on its own for $54, or as part of the Bouchaine Vineyards 2016 Swan Estate Pinot Noir holiday package, which includes one bottle of the wine, two Simon Pearce napkin rings engraved with the Bouchaine logo, and two 20” x 20” white linen napkins from Jan de Luz, each embroidered with a white swan image, for $150. (Order by 12/6 for delivery before Christmas!)
A- / $54 / bouchaine.com