Community Wine Review – Regale Winery, 2008 Pinot Noir, O’Neel Vyrd, Russian River Valley


Regale, 2008 Pinot Noir, O'Neel Vyrd. Russian River Valley

Now THIS is a Pinot Noir!  Kudos to this winemaker.  It is nice to know that one can still be surprised after having tried hundreds of different examples of this varietal.   This vintage is something truly extra special in the glass.  

Straight out of the gate and a couple of brisk swirls in my Riedel stem of this racy vintage and I am gushing.   Immediately, a perfume of wild funghi, strawberries, sour cherries and even a slight nose of camphor jump into my sinuses and fill my head with delight.   No time needed to open up for this horse.  

My head begins to buzz and I ‘regale’ as the first sips bring on flavors so brilliant and ethereal.  A subtle detection of eucalyptus peeks through the bright fruit flavors.  The wine is big for a pinot because of the earth like notes but not overly acidic as some Burgundy’s can be.  Very polished but not silky.   No this wine is a cross somewhere between where the smooth attributes from the Russian River Valley align with the herbal, salty-misty air of the Pacific-Sonoma coastline, but a slight touch of the Santa Maria Valley is added in there somewhere… I think that is where I pick up the notes of strawberry and mushrooms from. 

Paired with a dish of fusilli pasta mixed with roasted eggplant, roasted sun dried tomatoes in olive oil and italian herbs, sliced black olives, sauteed zucchini, sweet onion & baby portobella mushrooms, pureed tomato sauce and fresh parmesan grated cheese, the dish tastes better and harmoniously bring out the wild pinot tastes.  

The biggest compliment of all is that I damn near finished the entire bottle myself over a couple of hours and I can still type straight.  

 Why have I never heard of this winery before and when can I buy more?!  Well done Dave.  Thank you.

 Seth P. (freelance blogger for Dave the Wine Merchant) Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry

[Note:  Seth Pariser is a member of the “Pinot Selections” wine club, and submitted this review independently.  Among other things, Seth consults with wine collectors in the Northeast to help them build or maximize the value of their cellars.  To contact him, just leave a request in the comment section.  Oh, and more of this wine is available here.  Dave]

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