2006 Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., 870 cases, $43. A historic estate founded in 1945. This wine is from older Pinot Noir selections grown at 2,000 feet above the Santa Clara Valley floor. Jeffrey Patterson has been the winemaker since 1981. . · Muted and delicate aromas of herbed berry fruit with a hint of sage and pumpkin spice. The nose opens and gains intensity with time in the glass. A light, elegantly styled wine featuring herbed berry fruit that is slightly tart and a little austere secondary to the brisk acidity. This Pinot Noir screams for food and I found it a perfect accompaniment to chicken curry. This is not a wine for those who prefer a hunky, extracted, bold style. Reviewed October 1, 2008

Winery: Mount Eden Vineyards
From article: Small Sips of California Pinot Noir: Just Drink It