2016 Domaine Carneros The Famous Gate Pinot Noir

Have you enjoyed a Pinot Noir lately? We had the pleasure of tasting this Pinot on a recent visit to Domaine Carneros in Napa Valley. The Domaine Carneros château is a California wine country landmark. Inspired by the classic 18th century Château de la Marquetterie in Champagne, France. If you ever have the opportunity to visit you should reserve a time to experience this beautiful winery and their lovely hospitality!

This 2016 Pinot Noir, “The Famous Gate“, from Domaine Carneros is ruby in color with a wonderful bouquet of strawberries, blackberries and blueberries with just a hint of cocoa at the edge.  The Famous Gate feels more in line with the French Pinots than the ones from Russian River area (which we truly love).  Medium tannins and acidity, perfectly balanced with a silky finish.  This Pinot Noir can stand on it’s own, doesn’t need any pairings, it’s just that good!  We give this 3 glasses. 

About myredwineguys

My red wine guys, Jim and Rich, have been drinking and comparing red wines together for the last 10 years. We drink reds exclusively (except for champagne during New Year’s Eve celebration's or special occasions). In our search to find the best red wine for the buck, we are constantly buying and drinking a variety of reds. Frequently, we see many of our favorite reds increase in price (making them impractical to buy and consume with the dismal economy). This motivates us to try and compare lesser known reds from a variety of wineries. We are constantly telling our friends where to buy and save on these great reds. One weekend over a bottle of red wine (of course), we decided to share our recommendations with the world via a blog (with the support of our wives who really think this is another way for us to drink more red wine). We are going to be making road trips up the coast and sharing our opinions on some great California Reds. Jim is a retired Navy Senior Chief now working as a Navy Technical Rep. His world travels have given him the opportunity to taste wines on different continents. He finds himself often comparing them to his favorite region – Napa Valley’s Oakville/Rutherford districts that produce some of the world’s best Cabernet Sauvignon's. Richard is a musician who grew up in Santa Maria with a family rich with red wine tradition. According to the family legends, his grandfather used to make wine out of grapefruit when grapes were not available. He grew up drinking and making wine with his father and other Italian families in the central coast, long before there were grape vines in the area. In fact, the reason his family located to California was to make wine! Thank you for visiting our site! We hope you enjoy a glass of exceptional red wine soon!
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