2007 Merryvale Pinot Noir
Dark cherries, cola, a touch of cranberries, and some mushrooms are on the palate, all with a background of spice, wood, and a teriyaki-like umami. Tannins are fine and sweet. It does not offer delicacy or flow with multiple layers of complexity, just gives you a whack of sweet fruit right in the face. Drink it with a grilled double-thick stuffed pork chop.
WHAT: Pinot Noir
WHERE: Carneros, Napa Valley, California
HOW MUCH: $29