Called the Sideways
effect, the 2004 film elevated Pinot Noir's popularity with its focus on Santa Barbara's fine wine region. Rancho Santa Rosa vineyards, located in the sub-American Viticultural Area Santa Rita Hills, sources hillside fruit at up to 1,000-feet, exposing the grapes to the cooling, maritime influences of the Pacific Ocean. Aged in both new and seasoned French oak, the wine provides bouquet and palate sensations of pomegranate, cranberry, blueberry and cassis. The finish is laden with extracted flavors of black cherry, well-integrated tannins and a balanced acidity. Drink now and for another five to 10 years. Enjoy it with pork, chicken, salmon, lamb and tuna. Where to buy it
: Whole Foods Market Uptown and Martin Wine Cellar in Metairie. Where to drink it
: Clancy's, Irene's Cuisine, Morton's Steakhouse, Restaurant August, Windsor Court Hotel, GW Fins and Emeril's.
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