Red Wine by Urban Legend Cellars from Russian River, California. Once upon a time-long before Sonoma’s Westside Road became the Rodeo Drive of Pinot Noir- Pinots were made with great restraint. The grape itself held tremendous power but it was up to the winemaker to harness that energy while exhibiting the self-discipline to keep it balanced. Ballet versus hip-hop. Mozart versus Metallica. This 2013 Russian River is full of ripe strawberry and bright cherry aromas and flavors. Subtle earthiness grounds it with hints of cedar, round tannins, and a long but clean, crisp finish. A Russian River Pinot’s fruity intensity is there, but accomplished with elegance and finesse. Pinot Noir deserves sumptuous food. Pair with pate’, duck (confit is particularly tasty), salmon, or a rich mushroom risotto. And don’t forget the beef-a Russian River’s ripe juciness complements beef tenderloin beautifully, whether it’s grilled or offered as carpaccio-just don’t forget the truffles!