Sommelier: Sonoma-Cutrer

Hot summer nights scream for cool reds like Sonoma-Cutrer pinot noir, best served cool to the touch as if dispatched straight from the wine cellar. It’s ruby red in color with strawberry blossoms on the nose and blueberry jam on the tongue. Sonoma-Cutrer develops smoothly with an elegant texture combining Tahitian vanilla and enough chocolate cherry cola to balance the Sonoma earthiness around the edges. This bright beauty gets even better as it progresses along the palate toward a seamless finish.

Famous for its chardonnays, Sonoma-Cutrer now has a separate winery called the Pinot Barn, where its pinot noir grapes are hand-picked and hand-punched to craft a Burgundy personality that’s artfully blended with California flair. And cool coastal weather helps create a distinctive Sonoma style.

Sonoma-Cutrer pinot noir is available BTG at Eliza Restaurant & Bar, where it pairs perfectly with Sally and Russell Davis’ Panéed Veal Medallions. Or purchase Sonoma-Cutrer pinot noir by the bottle or by the case at Alexander’s Highland Market. It’s a versatile red wine that begs to be served with food.