By Jessica Yadegaran
Friday, February 13th, 2009 at 10:20 am in Corkheads.
Sorry I’ve been a bit M.I.A. I’ve been trying to help keep What’s on Tap going. I’m sure many of you know that my colleague Bill Brand, who writes about beer on this blog, is in ICU at San Francisco General after being hit by a MUNI bus on Monday. You can read more about the acciden here. One thing you can do to help is leave a post of encouragement or join us every night at 7 p.m. as we toast to Bill pulling through this. Doesn’t matter what you’re drinking. Thanks.
I toasted to Bill the other night with a great Pinot Noir. Vintage after vintage, Brassfield Estate Winery in Lake County continues to impress me with quality wines at decent prices. Maybe, like me, you used to justify, and justify often, a price tag of $35+ for a bottle of solid Pinot. Not really the case anymore, eh? So when I taste something like the 2006 High Serenity Ranch Pinot Noir I want to share it with others.
You’re not going to get the earthiness of the Central Coast or the forest-floor of Russian River. But this vineyard repeatedly delivers firm cherry pie flavors and toasty nut nuances with a nice balance of soft tannins and acidity. The Pinot is aged in French oak for 16 months and, at around 5,000 cases, is at the sweet spot of production.