Staff Selections • David Mahoney
Seasonal Pick 2023
Montinore Estate Red Cap Pinot Noir
(Willamette Valley, Oregon)
I love Pinot Noir. For me, it’s one of the world’s most seductive wines. But it’s a finicky grape to grow, and as a result it often fetches a high price. Finding a Pinot that’s not just varietally correct but sensuously appealing for under $20 can be a challenge. That’s why I’m so fond of the Montinore Estate Red Cap Pinot Noir. Made from grapes grown biodynamically in the Tualatin Hills and Yamhill Carlton AVAs of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, the wine is aged for ten months in mostly neutral barrels, with just enough new oak to add a touch of sweet spice. It exudes lovely cherry and raspberry aromas, underscored with just a hint of earthiness. On the palate, it’s bright with generous acidity, with flavors shading more towards cranberry and pomegranate. That mouthwatering acidity makes it a fantastic companion to a wide range of favorite holiday foods, from turkey on Thanksgiving to salmon on New Year’s Eve.