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Sierra Madre Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007

by Nannette Eaton on January 25, 2010


“There is no gladness without wine.” — The Babylonian Talmud

“Great wines defy description,” says Sierra Madre winemaker Steve Rasmussen.  Which is a great out for me since the Sierra Madre Vineyard Pinot Noir is so amazing I’m gobsmacked into silence.  Which, if you know me, is rare.  My tasting notes are a random mess; with the most coherent note are “fantastic” and “hypnotic.”  Since I was derelict in my duty, I’ll have to crib the wineries notes:

“Deeply colored and sporting a vibrant crimson hue, the 2007 Pinot Noir was sourced entirely from our estate plantings in the cool Santa Maria Valley. Smoky, red cherry fruit aromas radiate from the glass in this spicy, elegant wine. French oak aged, this food-friendly Pinot Noir displays complementary notes of soft vanilla and subtle earthiness that create a tapestry of flavors in this velvety textured, graceful beauty.”

Since I’m copying others and not doing my own work today, the food pairing is also from the inspired suggestion of Sierra Madre.  They recommend (for the adventuresome) Charcoal-Grilled Tuna Steaks with Wild Mushroom Garlic Risotto.  Still speechless!

The vineyard was a Mondavi property, which was planted in both grapes and strawberries.  When Doug Circle purchased the vineyard, his intention was to tear-out the grapevines and plant strawberries on the entire acreage.  When I was being told the story, I was apoplectic, and nearly spit up my wine.  I’m a fan of strawberries, but dude! What a tragedy it would have been.  Fortunately, Movdavi convinced him of the value of the vines, and the treasure of Sierra Madre continues.

The details: 14.8% alcohol.  Cork closure.  Appellation: Santa Maria Valley in Santa Barbara.  Retail price $42 USD available directly from the Sierra Madre website.  This was a media sample generously provided by the winery.

The music match is “Un Simple Histoire (A Simple History)” from Thievery Corporation from the album The Richest Man In Babylon.  Wine Harlots say grab a couple of bottles and see if you too are rendered speechless!