DENNIS FRALEY: Sexy wines for Valentine’s Day | food and cooking

On appearance, there is a marked viscosity with the swirling of the glass. The nose is frank on citrus fruits (lemon, lemon curd), orchard fruits (peach, peach blossom and pear) with a strong mountain minerality. The palate is dry, moderately more viscous and with an aggressive mouth-watering citric acidity. The palate mirrors the nose with a concentrated curd of lemon and tangerine wrapped in a mineral core finish. Pair it with anything with goat cheese, raw clams or oysters or lighter grilled fish (trout). The acidity structure of this wine really needs nourishment.

Montinore Estate Parson’s Ridge Pinot Noir 2016 Willamette Valley, Oregon – USA $55

The color has a garnet element attesting to its age. The nose is open with layers of complexity. There are aromas of compote of ripe berries (raspberry, red currant, blackberry), earthy elements (forest floor, wet leaves and rich freshly turned earth), pencil shavings and sweet baking spices (cardamom, chili pepper). Jamaica). The palate is dry (with a slight perception of sweetness due to the ripeness of the fruit), crisp, crisp acidity, medium body and a slight perception of subtle, fine-grained tannins on the tongue. The palate has raspberry, gooseberry, earth and a pleasant light bramble note. It’s what I would call a “wine of contemplation”, exuding a sexy elegance. Pair it with earthy dishes infused with mushrooms or thyme, pork tenderloin with berry sauces, or a quiet existentialist read.

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