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2009 Irony Monterey County Pinot Noir

July 22, 2011 - Norman Bentley

Grilled salmon and Pinot Noir, what a combo! Now, I will drink white wine with salmon at the drop of a hat, but as far as I am concerned, nothing beats Pinot Noir with salmon. Last night we opened a bottle of 2009 Irony Monterey County Pinot Noir to accompany our grilled salmon, and it was a great match.

Monterey is a good area to grow Pinot Noir, with warm days and cool Pacific breeze nights to nourish the delicate Pinot Noir grapes. The Irony opens up with a light nose of jammy berries and hints of cherry. The flavor starts out with a slight strawberry nuance, a favorite of mine in a Pinot Noir. It continues into a pronounced cherry flavor which remains solid into the finish, which lingers with a bit of vanilla. The wine was aged in oak for three months, which was just enough to impart a little of the oak into the finish.

The Irony is 89% Pinot Noir, 5% Petite Sirah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% other. The alcohol content is 13.5%. This is not an over-powering Pinot Noir and is a touch on the light side, which to me makes it the right style for salmon. It made our grilled salmon a wonderful meal, and I would pair these two any time. Norm's score is 87.

Price: $12 to $15

Score: 87


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