Relatively dark in color, not quite opaque. Flavors are overwhelmingly tart red fruit, barely ripe cherries, wild strawberries, and lots of rhubarb. Sweet wood is there, but barely perceptible behind the tartness. Finish is mid-length, tannins slightly drying. A rich food match might pair well, so try it with a well-sauced duck.
WHO: Bouchaine Vineyards
WHAT: Pinot Noir
WHERE: Carneros, Napa Valley, California
HOW MUCH: $25 (Media sample)