Pinot Noir is often called the Holy Grail of grapes, not least because Pinot perfection can be so elusive. But it's certainly on display here in Ricochet, a wine from vineyards on California's Sonoma Coast. Silky cherry fruit and sandalwood spice.
It's the chilly Pacific fogs that bring out the best in Pinot Noir, allowing the retention of vibrant flavours during the ripening season. Ricochet was crafted from grapes nurtured at third generation Sangiacomo Family Vineyards, the wines of which routinely score 90-plus points. Since the release of the cult Californian film Sideways a decade ago, interest in Pinot Noir among American wine drinkers has rocketed and plantings in the Golden State have almost doubled. And according to Wine Spectator magazine, Sonoma's 2012 vintage wines look 'excellent across the board, particularly Pinot Noir'. Aged in French oak, Ricochet has a silky structure with fresh cherry and pomegranate complexity. Ideal with chicken, duck or seared tuna steaks.