Sunday, July 20, 2014

Everyday Wine in the City - Merryvale 2010 Pinot Noir Stanly Ranch Estate Carneros

Merryvale 2010 Pinot Noir - labelA year ago, Mijo and I made it to the tasting cellars of  Merryvale Vineyards and brought home two bottles of Pinot Noir and a bottle of Carbernet Sauvignon. We opened a Pinot Noir two months afterward.

This week, we are sampling the second bottle of Pinot Noir from that visit. We knew we were going to love this bottle and we paired it with home cooked meals on Friday and Sunday.

Time flies when you are having fun. I can't believe that it has been over a year since we went to Merryvale Vineyards to do wine tastings. We first learned about their wines from SF Chefs a couple of years ago and we enjoyed our visit at their tasting cellars.

We sampled our last bottle of Merryvale Pinot Noir this weekend. Specifically, we are tasting Merryvale's 2010 Pinot Noir Stanly Ranch. It was a truly delicious bottle of Pinot Noir. Very flexible wine. It is delicious to be drank as it is or pair with seafood.

First, we paired this bottle with a home cooked steamed mussels and grilled french baguette. The saltiness, seafood flavor of mussels and woody tastes of parsley brought out the fruity qualities of this Pinot Noir.
Merryvale 2010 Pinot Noir - Mussels

On Sunday, we paired it again with a seafood. This time, Mijo put together this spicy shrimp with green onions and mushrooms. Again, the seafood taste of shrimp and the earthy taste of mushroom complimented the smooth and balanced flavors of the wine.

Merryvale 2010 Pinot Noir - Gambas

Here are my notes.

Tasting Date: June 18, 2014 and June 20, 2014
Tasting Partner: Mijo
Wine Name: Merryvale 2010 Pinot Noir Stanly Ranch Estate Carneros
Producer: Merryvale Vineyards
Region/Appelation: Carneros
Grape Varieties: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2010
Alcohol: not indicated 
Color Hue: dark red
Aromas: plum, cherry, blueberry, nuts,
Dry/Sweet: medium dry
Body: Medium 
Acidity: Smooth 
Tannins: mild 
Flavors: plum, cherry, raisin


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