This week I want to talk about the great winery of Bouchaine, and specifically, the 2014 Bouchaine Carneros, Pinot Noir. The owners of the winery, Mr. and Mrs. Copeland, are from Delaware and are good friends of the company. In fact, they have invited SoDel Concepts to be a part of their famous chef series at the winery on September 30th, so Chef Doug Ruley and I will be heading to Napa soon!
Bouchaine’s one-hundred-acre estate vineyard lies on the southern border of Napa Valley’s Carneros district, overlooking the San Francisco bay. Fog, wind, and the cold night-time temperatures of this unique geographical area lend distinctive regional identity to the Pinot Noir (as well as the Chardonnay) as both grapes love cool temperatures. In addition, 2014 was an exceptional vintage in Napa.
All fruit is hand harvested at night, and is then fermented with native yeast in both open and closed top tanks. All wines complete natural malolactic fermentation in oak barrels and the vineyard blocks are kept separate for evaluation. The best blocks are then racked together in late Spring to assemble the finest expression of Carneros. The wine is aged in barrels for eleven months on partially new French and Hungarian oak.
On the nose, the wine presents fresh cherry cocoa, cola, and notes of nutmeg. The palate is composed of lovely cherry and wild strawberry flavors with gorgeous rose petal and baking spices in the background.
Smooth tannin and vibrant acidity make this a perfect wine for food pairings like our lobster cavatappi, blackened tuna, or the meatloaf. This wine is great to drink all year round and can be found at four SoDel Concept locations, Bluecoast Seafood Grill in Rehoboth and Bethany, Northeast Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View, and Catch 54 in Fenwick Island.
For more information on SoDel’s upcoming trip to Napa please visit: http://www.sodelconcepts.com/events/2017/8/14/bouchaine-chef-series