Vino: 2005 Acacia Carneros Pinot Noir 375ml

Vino: 2005 Acacia Carneros Pinot Noir 375ml

Apr 12, 2007

Name: 2005 Acacia Carneros Pinot Grape: Pinot Noir
Region: Carneros, California
Price: $13.99 to $14.99

Small is cool, especially when it comes to diminutive wine bottles! The half bottle, split or 375 has exactly two glasses of wine and is an excellent way to try something new without breaking the bank. These smaller bottles also fit nicely into our New York-sized apartments, barely taking up any room at all!

Pinot Noir is considered the holy grail of wine; always sought after and rarely found. This grape is difficult to grow, finicky in the winemaker's hands and elusive in the glass; however, once you've sipped a truly great Pinot, you'll forever be hooked. The problems lie in finding the truly great glass and also the price; these difficult wines are not only finicky, they are also expensive! That's why I seek out good Pinot in half-bottles, half the size, half the price and usually worth the gamble.

Carneros is located at the Southern tip of Napa Valley, bordering Sonoma County. Cool morning fog rolls through this region thanks to the nearby Pacific Ocean, this cooling element helps to make Carneros a mecca for good Pinot Noir.

Founded in 1979, Acacia Winery was one of the first producers to plant Pinot Noir in Carneros, today they are considered one of the Pinot Noir leaders in the region. Their 2005 Carneros was delicious with deep color, dark, opulent fruit, structured tannins and layers of plum, chocolate and cherry flavors. This wine would, ironically, pair perfectly with all our braised contest winners, the endive, the chicken, the shortribs and the crostini!

Stores: Sherry-Lehmann $14.99 (679 Madison btwn 61st & 62nd) and $13.99 (online retailer)

(If you have a small, cool kitchen, and you love wine, you might consider entering our Smallest Coolest Kitchen Contest; prizes are six months worth of wine from Bottlenotes.)

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