Region: California, USA.
"Accent de la Vigne" written in an old-school font? Must be from France, right? Not exactly. The top of the label proudly states, "California Appellation," so it's not like French-born winemaker Bruno Corneaux, based in Dundee, Oregon, is trying to fool you. There's no need. This is well-done 100% Mendocino AVA de-stemmed Pinot Noir (Pommard & Wadenswil clones) aged for 9 months in used French barrique. The northern location and cool ocean breezes help yield fruit with finesse and moderate alcohol of 13% ABV. Plus, you get the bonus of 3 years bottle-aging.
Winery: Accent de la Vigne.
Grape: Pinot Noir, the dominant red wine grape of Burgundy, now adopted (and extensively studied) in wine regions all over the world. The essence of Pinot Noir wine is its aroma of red berries and cherry (fresh red cherries in lighter wines and stewed black cherries in weightier examples). Many of the more complex examples show hints of forest floor. Well built Pinot Noirs, particularly from warmer harvests, suggest leather and violets, sometimes recalling Syrah.
Color: This wine has a bright, food-friendly profile.
Palate: Flavors of red fruits including pomegranate are accented by wisps of cedar and a hint of leather.
Aroma: This is a very expressive wine aromatically, with lychee, cranberry, kola, raspberry, red cherries abounding with hints of cinnamon and clove, wildflower honey, and cacao.
Pairing: This wine will pair well with poached or grilled salmon, variety of pork dishes, poultry, and lamb.
Production: The fruit was destemmed and passed through a heat exchange to drop the temperature below 40 degrees F and prevent radical fermentation. After a 3 day cold soak the temperature is raised and yeas is added to start fermentation. Fermentation is temperature controlled to 80 degrees. Wine is then neutral oak aged for approximately 8 months.
Temperature: Drink at 55°F-60°F.