An, another Tuesday night, another night to meet Sarah and Efrain at temple. For tonight's enjoyment I brought a bottle of Stephen Ross Central Coast Pinot Noir 2007. This wine is produced with grapes sourced primarily from three vineyards: Wolff and Lewis in the Edna Valley and Kick On Vineyard in Santa Barbara County. Lovely maritime climate allowing the growth of some fine Pinot. As Nick unscrewed the top (yes, it comes screw top), I got the first hints of fruit and something else but rather than rushing in I enjoyed conversation before diverting time to the wine, allowing it to breath. The nose opened up with the scents of cherries, a touch of dried fruit, a little spice, and what would best be described as "dirty mushrooms" (like just before you washed them off). The wine was a lovely light garnet in the glass, pretty to watch while one swirled it. The wine is good, very easy to drink, smooth medium bodied with supple tannins and good acidity to blend into a fairly long finish. The wine is meant to be imbibed young (but should keep well another year or two) and comes at a good price point if you're looking for a nice, quality wine.
Number of wines reviewed in 2010: 28