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Carneros Pinot Noir, 2010
While Domaine Chandon is best known as one of America's top sparkling wine houses, we also produce limited quantities of still wines from estate grown vineyards. The winery crafts these wines by drawing on our experience with the traditional champagne varietals of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Showcasing select parcels from its Carneros ranch, where Domaine Chandon was a pioneering grower and vintner of the region, Domaine Chandon's still wines were first created in 1989. Originally designed to educate the winemaking team about each varietal, these wines also inspired epicurean discovery as they were served with fine cuisine in the restaurant at Domaine Chandon, now called etoile. Today Domaine Chandon's varietal wines can be found in restaurants and fine wine shops nationwide. Maintaining a focus on creating food-friendly Champagne varietals, the range now includes Unoaked and Reserve expressions of these grapes in addition to the signature wines from its Carneros property.
The concentrated fruit yielded in 2010 resulted in wine with intense plum cherry and boysenberry aromas and flavors, with hints of sandalwood and pipe tobacco. The structure is present and not overt, creating a nice balance between oak and tannins, which will benefit this wine as it ages.
Food and Wine Pairing
Grilled trout with crisp skin and birds of all kinds will taste delicious with this wine. It has the ability to pair with food that ranges from spring rolls to smoked salmon.
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