2014 St Rose Vineyard & Winery Pinot Noir Block Ten – Russian River Valley
Went to the cellar to find a wine primarily to go with dessert! Found a gem from about 3 1/2 years ago! St Rose Vineyards and Winery is unique in many ways, from being the smallest bonded winery in Sonoma Valley to having two of the more talented & personable owners. Yet being as small as they are, they received 93 points from Wine Enthusiast for their 2014 Pinot Noir. Most of their grapes are sold to wineries with the designated Nunes Vineyard being noted. For a complete story on Fred & Wendy Nunes and their meandering journey into the wine business see a previously published story at: https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2016/03/17/st-rose-winery/
The wine on the eyes is a deep violet and medium heavy viscosity. On the nose, violets, Rose petals red berries, strawberries and cherry. On the palate, vanilla, nutmeg, strawberry abound with baking spices and a tinge of French oak. The finish is excellent producing a smooth, textual and long lasting experience. Only 51 cases produced!
Tonight paired with Udon Teriyaki noodles with chicken, broccoli and mushrooms. Accompanied with a fresh artichoke. Dessert was perfectly aligned with chocolate dipped strawberries.
With only a couple of more bottles left, will be ordering more as this is an elegantly refined, complex and quintessential Pinot Noir.