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Have another serving of 'Cherry Tart'

No fork required
No fork required
Julia Hollister

There’s no fuss or fork required with this Cherry Tart, just open the bottle.

“This 2012 pinot noir ($25) by Cherry Pie is a blend of grapes from three outstanding vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, Monterey and Santa Barbara counties,” said winemaker Jayson Woodbridge. “I used my new ‘micro-fermentation’ to create the unique taste and flavor profiles of three single vineyards combined with the artisan micro winemaking approach of its namesake Cherry Pie. The result: Cherry Tart redefines artisan pinot noir.”

The biggest player in Cherry Tart pinot noir is the Rodgers Creek Vineyards in the Sonoma Coast AVA. The vineyard is on the low ridgein the Petaluma Wind Gap ; the Gap is important it is a low spot in the Sonoma Coast range that allows constant cool flow of air directly flow directly from the Pacific Ocean.

Each vineyard pass and lot is fermented in open top oak puncheons to allow more complexity and variety in the aromatic and flavor components of the wine.Smooth, elegant and versatile and showing lush notes of Bing cherries, plums and vanilla, Cherry Tart just might be the ultimate picnic wine. In addition to an easy screw top for travel, it pairs perfectly with an array of picnic favorites from spicy fried chicken, loaded potato salad and fresh baguette with buttery cheese.

This amazing varietal shows off aromas reminiscent of cherry pie, plums, cranberries and cascades of wild strawberries. This clean interpretation of this remarkable varietal offers heaping helpings of cloves, sweet apple skins and Rainer cherries.

This selection is full-bodied with a rich texture and vanilla oak leading to a long finish.

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