Often called one of the greatest grapes in the world, Pinot Noir hails from a tiny region in Burgundy called the Cote d’Or, which is home to single-vineyard wines such as Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s, Romanée-Conti Grand Cru and La Tâche Grand Cru, as well as Armand Rousseau’s Chambertin Grand Cru.
In the United States, Siduri Vineyards—founded by Adam Lee in 1994—is one of the leading producers of Pinot Noir. Named for the Babylonian goddess of wine, Siduri specializes in cool-climate Pinot Noir from five major AVAs (American Viticultural Areas) on the West Coast, from the Willamette Valley in Oregon to Santa Rita Hills in California’s Santa Barbara County.
Siduri believes in minimal intervention; their wines are unfiltered and unfined. During fining, winemakers add agents to wine to remove solids and improve the clarity. Unfined wines do not undergo this process. Consequently, they’re hazier than traditional wines and may have some sediment at the bottom of the bottle.
The 2016 Siduri Willamette Valley Pinot Noir comes from vineyards in three different appellations: Yamhill-Carlton, Chehalem Mountains and Eola-Amity Hills. The wines are pressed and fermented separately. They then go directly into new French oak barrels. After the wines have rested, they’re blended and bottled. The result is a medium-bodied wine with fresh red and blue fruit, along with faint hints of earth and leather. The wine shows good acidity on the finish, carrying it forward and promising a long life ahead.
You can find this wine by the bottle at Catch 54, Fish On! and Matt’s Fish Camp in both Lewes and in Bethany. We also pour it by the glass at Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar in Rehoboth and The Clubhouse at Baywood. This wine pairs perfectly with scallops, shrimp and grits and Bluecoast’s famous seafood stew.