Angeline. Now, doesn't that sound nice? And not only does it sounds nice, look nice, and taste nice, its perhaps one of the nicest value wines I've ever encountered.
I first uncovered this wine during a "wine fridge field trip" at Fine Wines in Laurel, MD, when my mother sent me on a treasure hunt for a tasty, inexpensive Pinot Noir. To my luck, the store was sampling various wines from the Russian River Valley and pointed me in the direction of this beauty. It quickly became a family favorite, and to my surprise, a few months later during a #winedown party I hosted, a friend (@beege) brought this same bottle to share. I knew at that point this wine was a keeper and one to share!
A product of the Martin Way Winery, Angeline Pinot Noir, produced from a 100% pinot noir grapes from the Sonoma, Mendocino and Santa Barbara counties in California, is bright, yet delicate with intense dark fruit flavor and rich aroma and a smooth finish. To the eye, its deep ruby color captures. To the nose, its intense plum, blackberry and black cherry scents blend nicely with a hint of spice and oak. To the palette, just the same with soft tannins that lightly tickle the tongue.
Where to Buy: Martin Way Winery
Pairing: This is actually such a soft red that I can easily drink by itself, but if you're looking for a more robust experience, pair it up with some portobello mushrooms