If there was ever a wine that I could really enjoy endorsing to readers, this would be it.
I learned a long time ago, that despite the uncontrollable determinants of grape growing, winemaking is generally in a constant state of improvement. When I first started collecting wine, I was constantly buzzing about after good deals and good wine as if it would elude me and disappear forever; it ultimately made me a bit nuts. Now, I have no interest in hoarding cases of solid $14 Rioja—instead, my search for the next best thing never stops. Rarely do I buy more than 6 bottles of anything anymore. Unless you’re purchasing legendary wine from the most sought-after vineyards in the world, it’s best to keep the wheels turning, let your palate grow and expand; we’re not at the top yet.
But, this debut Pinot Noir from Beau Pere Cellars is the first wine in a long time that tickled my hoarding bone—I know, that sounds disgusting, but it’s a pearl. My prediction is that it’s sophomore vintage will be quite a bit more expensive. I could be wrong, but this small production wine is going to be sold out long before the 2009 makes the shelves. Basic rule of business: if your product sells out faster than you can replace it, it’s too cheap.
This is a wine I would love for readers to try—it doesn’t get much more special than this. Feedback please! I would love to do a follow-up post on your thoughts.
From my tasting notebook:
Under 600 cases and under $20. Angelic nose of rose water, raspberry, plum, and ground nut spices. Layered and exotic—a palate offering distinct, Asian flavors. Combines suggestions of coconut milk, green tea, blood orange, and fennel. Seriously silky.
Skillfully balanced, demonstrating grace beyond its years and price point. Beau Pere just unleashed the Tickle me Elmo of Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. Get on this quick.
Purdy’s in Saratoga Springs
Wine Library $17.98 (best shipping cost)
[Carey enjoyed el vino so much she was inspired to cook me dinner! She even rifled through the cabinet in search of orange blossom green tea for some sniff comparison.]