“The rivalry is with yourself. I try to be better than is possible. I fight against myself, not against the other.” — Luciano Pavarotti
In the La Rochelle Pinot Noir family, there’s no sibling rivalry between the wines, just good healthy competition. No black sheep in family here. The La Rochelle Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2009 ($38 USD) is fruit-forward with bright cherry on the palate with warm vanilla on the finish. The La Rochelle Donum Estate Carneros Pinot Noir 2009 ($75 USD) is an elegant quaff with well-integrated red fruits of cherry, pomegranate and raspberry with a sophisticated earthy-herbal quality.
If money is no object, go for the Donum Estate (or buy both bottles and taste the differences side-by-side.) But for the Wine Harlots hard-earned dollar, the value proposition of 2-to-1 on the Santa Lucia Highlands can’t be beat.
In the Wine Harlots opinion, the perfect pairing for pinot noir is salmon. Always. For summer, fire up the grill and prepare Rosemary Grilled Salmon. The music match is “Pink Orange Red” from the Cocteau Twins from the compilation album Lullabies To Violaine.
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