Sunday, January 5, 2014

2011 Jeff Runquist Vineyards Pinot Noir Sisters Vineyard Carneros Napa Valley

Jeff Runquist was the special guest of my favorite Cedar Rapids Wine Store First Avenue Wine House and I have been a fan of his wine ever since. I love the fruit forward style which depicts the quality of the grapes while maintaining a rich complex quality in each bottle. The wines are meant to be enjoyed now but you can age them if you like. Jeff partners with growers who meticulously care for their vineyards and provide the grapes suitable for Jeff Runquist Wines

Bright red cherry and currant treat the nose as you swirl. Fresh wild lavender with hints of plum, wild strawberries and mushrooms. Eucalyptus and a slight hint of sweet oak as well. Really nice aroma on this Pinot.

The mouth is full of ripe cherry, strawberry and a nice warm spice. Creamy vanilla and butterscotch with a touch of dried herbs. The finish is silky with cherry and tart cranberry lasting long. Beautiful red color on this classic Carneros Pinot. I paid $30 for this and it's every bit worth the money for a pinot loving wine enthusiast.

The best tastings are enhanced by discussing the wines with the winemaker direct. Honestly they are so passionate about what they do you will be amazed at what wine tidbits you learn. Stop by the tasting room located in the heart of the Sierra Foothills at 10776 Shenandoah Road in Plymouth CA. Open Friday-Monday 11am -5pm.


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