*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample in order to participate in a Taste Live Event.
Krutz Family Winery was one of those wineries I was lucky to discover through the Taste Live events. In case you are new here, Taste Lives are these lovely online tastings where you get to drink the same wine as a bunch of other wine bloggers across the country and talk about it with the winemakers are the same time. How fabulous is that? This evening we tasted the 2009 Krutz Family Akins Vineyard Pinot Noir. It has a real cork closure, clocks in at 14.8% alcohol by volume, and retails for $38.
Four takeaways from this wine:
1.) If you haven’t delved into Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs, you are completely missing out.
2.) I’m a sucker for Russian River Valley and Anderson Valley Pinots. Hoping I will be the same for all the Willamette Valley Pinots I will taste at the Wine Blogger Conference next month!
3.) I served this with grilled salmon. Perfection.
4.) I found the nose to be a bit reserved, but the palate had it all going on.
On those nose I found black cherry, raspberry, spice, cream, pepper, and dusty chocolate. In the mouth I got black cherry, pepper, dark fruit, spice, raspberry, smoke, and chocolate. The wine had great acidity and nice tannins on the loooooong finish. Overall I found this to be a “big” Pinot, but I loved it all the same.