2016 Ketcham Estate Pinot Noir
I have always compared Pinot Noir to a ballerina verses a Cabernet Sauvignon being a prize boxing fighter. The elegance of Pinot Noir is refined and feather light and delicate on the eyes and mouth. This 2016 Ketcham Estate from the Russian River Valley was true to the graceful Pinot Noir characteristics, yet had enough brawn to provide a real fullness in the mouth. On the eyes it was a shade darker than some higher end Pinot Noir’s. On the nose strawberries and cherries were predominate. On the palate is where this wine moved into a fulfillment and wonderment with both tart and sweet cranberry, vanilla and spices. It had a long lasting finish with soft and round tannins couple with strawberry licorice. A perfect complement to pasta with a tangy meat sauce.