Producer: Estancia Country: USA State: CA Region: Monterey
Major Grape: Pinot Noir
Vineyard: Pinnacles Ranches
Although I can think of a many white wines that would be marvelous with this tuna dish, I often enjoy challenging a red wine's versatility. After many such trials my all time champion for versatility is Pinot Noir, the red grape of Burgundy. This Estancia from the cool Monterey AVA illustrates why my first choice for Pinot Noir these days is not Burgundy but California. The black cherry fruit has a rich suppleness that is simply delectable and soooo easy to drink. The velvety texture veils a sturdy backbone that held its ground against the wide range of flavors and textures delivered by this dish.