Tonight we opened a Pinot Noir by Black Kite to eat with our Mahi (see Food Blog). The meal was light (fish on arugula) and so we thought about a white wine. After tossing around numerous options we decided on a red. This was partially because we felt as if we had had our fill of white wines recently. We are usually partial to reds and so sometimes we choose one even when inappropriate! We do what we want. However, if you have been reading the blog the past couple of pairings were misses. We consider the wine as an intergral part of the meal - not an afterthought. So, we do attempt, even if choosing something unconventional, to pair things that will work well together. The Black Kite 2007 Pinot Noir from the Redwoods Edge vineyard in the Anderson Valley was perfect. This is a typical light colored Pinot Noir with the typical candy apple nose. Oozing sweet red fruit. On the palate the wine was not too sweet and was well balanced. This was one of those wines where every sip held our interest. It was a combination of "wow - that's really good" and trying to name the various tastes included on the palate. Although I could name this red fruit and that red fruit, lets just call it light, red fruit. Not as candy apple as the nose would make you think - thankfully it was not that sweet. I would give this wine 93 points. We really enjoyed it.
Black Kite is a small winery located in northern California. They produce less that 900 cases/year. The Redwoods Edge vineyard is their highest elevation vineyard and the climate there is cool. They sell mostly to mailing list clients but they do sell to some restaurants and wine shops in California, NY and NJ. You can read more about them from their website here: http://www.blackkitecellars.com/. This is one of our favorite Pinot Noirs and if you are a person who likes to have something delicious and unique, I would consider signing up for their mailing list. Relative to other mailing list wines these are very reasonably priced. You can read about the Anderson Valley here on the Anderson Valley Winegrowers Association page: http://www.avwines.com/index.php.