Blackstone Pinot Noir comes from Blackstone Winery in Sonoma County, California, from grapes sourced throughout California wine regions.
Blackstone's Merlot is a favorite everyday wine of mine, so I was eager to try their Winemaker's Select Pinot Noir, which is priced very economically (for a Pinot).
First impressions: nice bright ruby color. Fresh fruit aromas, mostly black cherry, with a lingering earthiness and a touch of smoke.
Tasted refreshing with cherry, plum, some light acidity, earth with hints of spice. I thought it balanced the fruit and acidity nicely. The label also mentioned vanilla, but I didn't pick any up.
The bottle says "this elegant wine exhibits ripe aromas of black cherry, vanilla, and hints of spice followed by cherry, jammy berry and black tea-infused flavors."
It's not a super-complex Pinot Noir wine, but at this price I wouldn't expect it to be.
I enjoyed it lightly chilled with a nice ripe brie cheese and French bread with a Mediterranean olive mix. Overall I thought it paired quite well.
Like any Pinot Noir, you can pair this wine with heartier poultry or lighter meat dishes.
Blackstone suggests trying it with a mushroom polenta, braised lamb shanks, or pork medallions. I think a roast turkey or mushroom risotto would also go very well.
Blackstone is known for producing smooth, flavorful, harmonious wines that are affordable and pair well with food. They are probably best known for their award-winning Merlot.
Their Winemaker's Select wines, including Blackstone Pinot Noir, are made from grapes that are sourced from carefully-selected growing regions around California, and they source from the same land parcels each year to produce consistent, carefully-nuanced wines.
They have a very pretty winery in Kenwood, California, which was well worth a visit for their wine tastings.
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