This wine comes from a small winery in the Russian River Valley (River Road) that's very easy to drive by, but if you stop, you'll most likely have the undivided attention of the tasting room staff. They have a wide selection of wines, mostly forgettable, but this one caught my attention. Although it is extremely light in color and body, it has a vibrancy that's enjoyable. As close to transparent as a red wine can get, the brownish color on this pinot reminds me of a tawny port. Lots of strawberry and raspberry on the nose, along with alcohol (14.3%), and it has a consistent flavor profile, but with a backbone of acid. This is not a wine to contemplate, but to enjoy in the moment. The light bodied wine paired nicely with breaded pork chops and broccoli. The price was in the low $20's and I might just have to stop back and pay them another visit.
Having lived in Northern California for 25 years, I've had an ever-increasing interest in wine (especially red) and wine-food pairings. My favorite varietals are Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah from Sonoma and Napa, Pinot Noir from Oregon, and Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhone wines from France.