2009 Cloud Break Pinot Noir
Cloud Break blends pinot noir grapes from across California to give you a light tasting wine with aromas of raspberry and strawberry and just a hint of vanilla and spice. Flavors favor berry, raspberry, blackberry, bosenberry and cherry along with plum and there is a subtle note of oak at the finish. This wine is not very complex and lacks, what I consider a must for Pinot Noirs, a full robust taste. If you favor lighter reds this one would be one to consider but, if you like a fuller bodied wine, there are better choices in the same price range.
Food Pairing: Pinot Noir is a very versatile wine with soft tannins and pairs easily with a number of dishes, especially those with a degree of fattiness. Try with shellfish, especially those with a more spicy seasoning or a stronger fish like salmon, fried or roasted chicken, game, rabbit, pork, veal parmesan, braised short ribs and creamy or mild cheeses. Serve slightly chilled for the most enjoyment.
Rating: 3/5 corks