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Published:April 16th, 2009 17:49 EST
Wild Wino Woman Reviews Tarrica Wine Cellars '06 Pinot Noir

Wild Wino Woman Reviews Tarrica Wine Cellars '06 Pinot Noir

By Rocco Loosbrock

Pinot Noir is considered the oldest and finest grape varietal and owes its fame to Burgandy`s Cote d`Ore ("Slope of Gold") in France. Here the vines grow at a downward slope facing East, which provides great sun exposure and avoidance to afternoon heat. Pinot Noir produces some of the best wines, but it is also the most difficult to cultivate. There are 46 clones in Dijon, France and anywhere from 200-1000 worldwide!

The grapes grow in Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United States. Locally, the following appellations grow Pinot Noir grapes: Santa Maria Valley (Santa Barbara County); Russian River Valley (Sonoma County); Carneros (in both Sonoma and Napa Counties); Anderson Valley (Mendocino County); as well as the Pinnacles (Monterey County) and Santa Lucia Highlands (Monterey County).

One great example of this type of wine is Tarrica Wine Cellars 2006 Pinot Noir. A classic Pinot Noir wine is described to be full-bodied and rich, but not heavy. Its aroma is quite intense and incorporates ripe-grape or black cherry, with a spiciness resembling cinnamon or mint. Tomato, mushroom and earth are other common descriptors.

When a bottle of Tarrica Wine Cellars 2006 Pinot Noir is first opened, fragrances of cherry, vanilla, cranberry, and cinnamon explode from within.  Be sure to let this wine breathe a bit before pouring a glass and you will enjoy flavors of sweet fruits and vivacious acidity.  Tarrica`s Pinot Noir grapes are grown in Monterey, CA and this particular vintage was harvested in late September 2006 from Rio San Lucas Vineyards.   

In general, Pinot Noir matches with grilled salmon or any dish that features mushrooms.  Tarrica Wine Cellars suggests pairing its 2006 Pinot Noir with tuna, swordfish, lobster, shrimp, roast chicken or duck, pasta dishes, and sushi.

Another interesting fact about Pinot Noir is the high amount of Resveratrol found within. Resveratrol is a chemical compound found in the skin of grapes. Recent lab studies have shown that Resveratrol boosts immune systems in humans, blocks the formation of certain cancers, fights against heart disease, and increases the longevity of life. This component is found to be 3-4 times higher in Pinot Noir than compared to other varieties.  So reap the benefits by joining Coastal Vineyards Pinot Noir Wine Club, which features tasty wines such as Tarrica`s 2006 Pinot Noir!

Kristen G.(aka Wild Wino Woman)

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