SANTA CRUZ WEEKLY reviews Chesebro's 2011 Cedar Lane Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Sentinel 2.11.2015
Chesebro 2011 Cedar Lane Pinot Noir
When some friends invited me and my husband to a dinner of “gourmet food,” and mentioned that they had just brought back some foie gras from France, I decided to take along an earthy Chesebro 2011 Pinot Noir ($23) to pair with the special treat.
Six of us made short work of this Pinot, and the worthy wine (it won a silver at this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition) matched up well with the silky smooth pâté.
Made from grapes grown in Cedar Lane Vineyard in the Arroyo Seco AVA, its classic aroma of red fruit and earth, along with its velvety texture, make for a delicious palate-pleasing starter. The 2011 vintage has some lighter elements, such as cranberry and tangy pomegranate, so it pairs quite well with hors d’oeuvres.
An impressive main course of beef Wellington, mushroom bread pudding and sautéed spinach, followed by “very runny” French cheese—also brought back from France, were paired with a couple of other superb locally made wines.
We finished with St. John Comandari, a sweet and fruity dessert wine from Cyprus—and my favorite Greek dessert, galaktoboureko. (Pronounced galak-to-BOO-reko)/
Mark Chesebro, winemaker and grower, is producing some beautiful wines lately. You can try them all at his delightful tasting room in Carmel Valley Village. Open Thursday through Sunday, $10 gets you six different tastings—refundable with a $40 purchase.
19 East Carmel Valley Road, Suite D, Carmel Valley, 659-2125. Chesebrowines.com