|Pinot Noir||Napa Valley||2006|
The 2006 Wild Horse puts forth a powerful bouquet of dried cranberry, chocolate, roasted nuts, moss and lifted evergreen with a touch of menthol. Round on the attack, with fresh but well-integrated tannins, the wine also expresses the minerality of the rocky soils. Joining this mineral expression are fruit layers of raspberry and blueberry. These elements marry tightly and evolve into a dusty, wet slate finish that goes on and on.
Bing cherry, light forest floor, menthol, licorice, yellow plum, cola and strawberry.
Harrington makes Pinot Noir wines from five distinct California appellations. The Wild Horse Valley appellation is located directly east of and above the town of Napa, at an elevation of 1,400 feet. The higher elevation and cool Carneros fog funneled through during the summer months make the Wild Horse Valley an ideal location for Pinot Noir. Thin, well-drained mountain soils, 25-year-old vines and unusually long hang times contribute to the development of bright, complex flavors.
Pinot Noir is arguably the most seductive of all of the red wine grapes and makes for a superb pairing with rich meals of salmon, wild game, poultry, pork, lamb and wild mushrooms. The fall season has just started, and it marks the beginning of the wild mushroom season. I think the Harrington is going to work wonderfully with my Grilled Chicken with Grilled Mushroom Vinaigrette, a beautiful warm salad of arugula (or watercress) with chicken and mushrooms touched with herbs and sherry vinegar. Yum!
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