Vino: Fleur Pinot Noir, 2004

(RECAP: It’s Monday! What did you think of the Fleur? We had it Saturday night and the crowd gave it a thumbs up (Maxwell’s comments are below). Comment and vote below. A new wine recommendation comes in on Thursday.)

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Name: Fleur de Carneros Pinot Noir
Producer: Fleur de California
Grape: 100% Pinot Noir
Region: California
Price: $14.95
Stores: Sherry-Lehman (679 Madison between 61st and 62nd Streets) and Manley’s Wines and Spirits (35 8th Avenue @ 14th Street)

Last Saturday evening a friend brought over a bottle of Fleur Pinot Noir, and it became the talk of the evening. In fact, the hostess called the next day to see where she could find it. This is the sort of moment we pounce on. We’ve already bought two more bottles, and we’re taking them into the Test Lab.

Fleur is a Pinot Noir from the Carneros region in California, a stretch of land between the Napa and Sonoma valleys. Carneros is ideal for growing Pinot Noir; ample coastal fog cools the valley warmth, creating a perfect climate for the finicky Pinot Noir grape, often considered the elusive holy grail for grapegrowers. A good Pinot should have bright cherry-flavoured fruit, soft tannins and ample acidity.