2007 Billington Winery Lily Pinot Noir: Decent.

oct. 4, 2009: we had this russian river valley pinot with a grilled salmon dish via http://www.articlesbase.com/wines-and-spirits-articles/wine-and-dine-grilled-salmon-and-pinot-noir-marinade-a-crowd-pleaser-596845.html# and grilled portabella mushrooms via http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Grilled-Portobello-Mushrooms/Detail.aspx. we also had steamed potatoes from fred and nancy grabner's garden. (victoria doesn't think she'd like to redo either the mushroom or this particular salmon recipe. the salmon recipe was made with a cup of this pinot).
greg really liked this pinot, which he said is very good. it's smooth with a cherry flavor, and he can smell the tannins. victoria is fighting a cold, so her sense of smell and taste are a bit off. she could tell that this californian is smooth, with minimal acidity (which she likes), but she said the flavor is almost bland. she said later that this is a pinot she could drink on its own, without food; that's notable because a lot of pinot noirs we've had have been acidic and need to be disguised by some sort of food pairing. grapes for this pinot were sourced from 14 small vineyards in the russian river valley and the sonoma coast, according to http://www.billingtonwines.com/. it was aged for 10 months in small french oak barrels, 40 percent new. this was 14.5 percent alcohol. $24.99 with 5 percent discount at friar tuck beverage in st. louis.

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