Wine Whore Score = 7.8/10 Points (stats below)





Summary:
While their RandyZin may leave you �feeling a little Randy�, Harvest Moon�s Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a wine of elegance and seduction. True to the Russian River Valley style, this Pinot Noir bursts with bright red fruit character and vibrancy. Such character is often difficult to attain with this temperamental grape since pinot noir is like a bratty child. If the environmental conditions aren�t exactly to its liking, it threatens to produce wine as distasteful as vinegar to the palate of the adamant pinot lover. Harvest Moon disciplines their Pinot Noir by picking the grapes from the magnificent Russian River Valley �on time.� Their discipline in winemaking tames this bratty child into an �elegant approach to an elegant varietal.�

With its first breath of air, this wine provoked my nose with cherry, cranberry, and faint hints of vanilla. Instantly, I was seduced by the bouquet of fruit and berry. This pinot noir seemed to wink at me across the room as it lounged from within the wide bowl of my glass. I was almost intimidated by its forwardness. Its character and beauty blinded me as I mesmerized over its bright ruby red dress. After putting the cool glass to my lips, it tickled my tongue with its acidity and left my mouth by refreshing my palate with a lingering, tangy kiss.

After our affair, I took a second to look over the bottle. Tucked away on the back label is a little space with several lines allotted for tasting notes. This feature reminds us to appreciate every wonderful moment, noting the experiences of life along the way.


Recommended Food Pairing:
Tasting this bottle with family as I celebrated my 1st wedding anniversary, I accompanied this wine with a perfectly cooked prime rib. This well crafted Pinot Noir offered a great companionship to the meat while singing of fruity magnificence. Since Pinot Noir is very versatile, this wine could easily have been paired with everything from poultry, beef, fish, ham, lamb and even pork.


Vintage Info:
�These approximately 100 cases of Russian River Valley Pinot came from two vineyards within 3 miles of the Estate. Although its straight-forward, clean demeanor initially greets one in the glass, the earthy notes inside begin to reveal themselves more than in years prior.�


Stats:
Vintage: 2006
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Residual Sugar: N/A
Production: 100 cases of 750 ml.
Alcohol %: 13


Wine Whore Score:





Harvest Moon�s Pinot Noir will seduce you with its soft yet structured elegance, fragrant aroma, and juicy finish. This welcome tasting encounter comes in with a total of 31 out of 40 points and an average score of 7.8 out of 10 points. The magnificent affair of taste and decadence is undeniable and unforgettable.

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