The Pinot Project Pinot Noir, The Pinot Project, California, United States
The Pinot Project is the ongoing search for excellent, high quality Pinot Noir at an affordable price. The present state of the economy has resulted in some amazing deals on high quality grapes from some of California's premiere growing regions, and The Pinot Project is determined to pass these savings on to the consumer. This wine displays all the aromas and flavors of a true California Pinot Noir: ripe black cherry and raspberry complemented by hints of oak, earth and spice.
Lucien Muzard & Fils Santenay Maladiere, Lucien Muzard & Fils, Burgundy, France
Maladiere takes its name from malady, referring to sickness. Maladiere's hill rises steeply up behind the lower village and gets bathed in sunshine. Thus long ago in the distant dark ages this hillside was considered a healthy place to house the leper colony (now what marketer would ever tell you that?). Maladiere has some of the same Cote de Nuits limestone as Faubard, giving the iron minerality underpinning in the wine. Maladiere is a cooler site than the vineyard sites on the north side of the village, and is known to produce the most feminine wines, with perfume and elegance. The brothers have 4.82 hectares (11.91 acres) here, a significant holding, and produce as much as 2,500 cases in a good year.
Red - Bordeaux
Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac Leognan, Chateau Carbonnieux, Bordeaux, France
Chateau Calon Segur Saint-Estephe, Chateau Calon Segur, Bordeaux, France
Red - Sangiovese
San Polino Brunello di Montalcino, San Polino, Tuscany, Italy
The family-run small farm of San Polino uses permaculture and biodynamic-organic farming to produce a premium Brunello di Montalcino and Rosso di Montalcino. Both wines are the opulent expression of the biodiversity found in the San Polino terroir.