Horse & Plow
2011 The Gardener Pinot Noir
California: Napa Valley: Carneros
Today’s wine is a truly delightful find!
We our very proud to present to you, today, the 2011 The Gardner Pinot Noir, from Horse & Plow. This wonderful Pinot is a highly recommended gem of a wine.
Youthful, delicious and well-balanced, this wine is ready to enjoy now - but will continue to evolve and improve. This flavorful Pinot springs to life with some decanting or hearty swirling, gradually revealing more fruit flavor and more complexity.
Pair this exciting, food-flexible wine with roast pork in a cherry reduction, grilled salmon, eggplant casserole or an almond tart.
Deep ruby with glinting pale purple edging. Skinny, spindly legs start high on the glass wall before moving swiftly downward.
Aromas of baked plum, black cherry, cola, Morrell mushroom, and forest floor fill the glass. As the wine opens up, it unveils sandalwood, ripe raspberry, muted rhubarb pie with butter, brown sugar and subtle clove.
Youthful and a little shy, at first. With some good swirling or decanting, it opens to reveal black cherry, dark spice, clove-pierced orange, baked plum, subtle ginger. The body of the wine is fleshy and chewy with a bright dryness that starts at the tip of the tongue before spreading rearward.
An integrated and soft tannin finish. As fruits fade it gives way to spice and rose hips. After primary flavors fade, forest floor persists even longer.