One of the wines consumed at home this week was a delightful drop from Dawn's Dream Winery in Carmel Valley. The particular bottle was ‘Nicole’ a 2011 Pinot Noir. To quote the maker “Nicole’s blend combines Pinot Noir grapes from Carmel Valley and Santa Lucia Highlands. The nose has a hint of brown sugar and toasted grain and the flavors are replete with gooseberries. Medium tannins give this wine extra length on the palate and provide excellent aging potential”.
One of Three daughters who’s names appear on Pinot Noir, this one just happened to be the one that stood out on the day we visited, and so was the one purchased for just such an occasion as eating at home.
Having both the qualities of an SLH Pinot and also some added nuances from Carmel Valley it was easy to drink and drink and drink without tiring of the taste. A nice Pinot Noir at a reasonable price. All in all a 6+ and at $30 ***. With a passion for what she does, Dawn Galante had a dream of producing approachable wines of exceptional quality and elegance. Well the dream has become reality as the wines were definitely that. We need to go back and look more deeply into Dawn's Dream. Go by and see them at the East End in Carmel Valley and let em know we sent you!
Happy Tasting Adventures,
Kiwi & Koala
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