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Friday, August 14, 2009

2006 Bouchaine Carneros Pinot Noir

Bouchaine's Carneros Pinot Noir is a blend of Dijon, Pommard, and Swan clones from their estate vineyards and select lots from neighboring Carneros vineyards. Bouchaine uses a combination of French and Hungarian oak barrels to age their Pinot, but I'm not entirely sure how much new and used oak they employ on this specific wine.

This deeply colored Pinot Noir has a very fruit driven bouquet that shows intense plum, blackberry, and light shades of some really nice blueberry as well. There is also secondary nuances of cedar, wet stone, and just a pinch of brown sugar.

On the palate the wine is quite powerful and full of intense fruit flavors, I get black plum, tart black cherry, cranberry-pomegranate, and perhaps just a touch of prune juice. There is also an underlining minerality that graces the palate and adds to the complexity and style of the wine.

I'm impressed with the intensity and fruit expression of this wine. There is a very nice balance between fruit and some more terroir or soil driven flavors. It finishes dry but with very good length as well. I would love to pair this wine with a fruit glazed pork tenderloin and perhaps some cranberry sauce and stuffing! It's stylish and focused wine that speaks of both fruit and soil. 90+ Points

 
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