With the release of their Pinot Gris and Riesling, Carmel Road has added a new dimension to their portfolio of fine wines. These grapes are superbly adapted to the cooler climate and longer growing season of their Monterey vineyards, ripening slowly with intense flavors and brisk acidity. The resulting wines are fresh, crisp and ideally suited for pairing with fall menus
Carmel Road is so excited about these new wines that they’ve extended a special, limited time offer: 15% off any purchase from Carmel Road. (Offer valid until November 30th, 2010) Just enter the Promo Code CRRP389 at check-out on the Carmel Road website to receive this special discount. You can select old favorites like the award winning Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, but you really shouldn't miss these great expressions of Pinot Gris and Riesling, the latest "it" wines to come out of Monterey. Celebrate the holidays with the great wines of Carmel Road and enjoy a bit of the cool, coastal lifestyle right in your own home!
Notes of lightly dried orchard fruits, guava, passionfruit and lemon verbena on the palate yield to a bright, lightly pithy lemon/lime character on the finish,
Flavors of golden orchard fruits and melon, pear, peach sweet apple blossom and a hint of honeycomb are bright and lively accents across the slightly creamy palate.
2009 Carmel Road Pinot Gris Monterey 14%
The nose is bright and fresh, starting off quite melony at first with building notes of pear, peach sweet apple blossom and a hint of honeycomb adding complexity. A nice round yet rich feel on entry is followed by a bright mid-palate which sees good acidity offering nice cut and setting off the deep, golden fruit tones and melony fruit well. There’s a touch of creaminess that develops on the backend and leads to a lightly toasty spice and mineral finish. I could see this pairing very well with a light dish of pumpkin ravioli in a light walnut sauce dusted with pecorino cheese. 88pts
2009 Carmel Road Monterey Riesling 13%
Intense lemon drop aromas greet the nose supported by notes of fennel, tropical flowers, passion fruit and a hint of bay leaf. Moderately sweet on entry with a rich, expansive mouthfeel that gains focus from the well-integrated acidity. There are deep notes of lightly dried orchard fruits, guava, passion fruit and lemon verbena on the palate that yield to a bright, lightly pithy lemon/lime character on the finish. This is a slightly large scaled Riesling; one with plenty of stuffing to stand up nicely to lightly spicy foods, yet the finish remains fresh and bright. I’d love to see this paired up with a spicy cornbread stuffing paired with this Thanksgiving’s Turkey! 89pts