2016 Dawn's Dream Winery Bel Sogno Pinot Noir
So, here's the deal. I've been lucky enough to taste several Pinot Noir from Dawn Galante's amazing team at Dawn's Dream Winery and each one is unique and pretty special. Some are more fruit forward, some smoky, but this 2016 Bel Sogno Pinot Noir takes its own beaten path and stands out from the rest. Wonderful dark purple in the glass with aromas of muted currant, black cherry, rose petal and vanilla cream. This wine isn't a high acidic bomb and has a more mellow characteristic in the mouth, creating a finish that is welcoming and leaves you yearning for more. The flavors are muted at first, but mid palate the sour cherry, black raspberry and red currant jelly blend for a tasting experience that really is satisfying. When Pinot Noir is made this well, I prefer to sip it with good company, sans food. I do think that a lighter, brothy soup would be a good pairing as would a braised duck breast or just good 'ol fried mushrooms! Lovely bottle.
Santa Lucia Highlands, California
Suggested retail price: $70.00
Drink The Bottles score: 92/100