Let's say that it wasn't 2020 and EVERY restaurant in America wasn't shut down, and you were going to a not-to-be-named 2-Michelin starred restaurant. You might then peruse the wine list and ask the Somm for a recommendation and she would tell you about this fantastic Russian River Pinot that was a steal for $140 on their list.
But we are in 2020 and restaurants were closed for months and this wine had no home. We'll save you the details, but it's yours now - with an extra Benjamin in your pocket.
The Russian River Valley needs no introduction, for those who know good Pinot Noir, and the 2018 vintage is considered one of the appellation’s best in recent memory. The excellent growing season produced grapes of exceptional balance that yielded a wine resonate with dark and red fruit flavors accented by spicy notes of berry jam and framed by a savory edge of truffle, roasted root vegetables and a hint of bacon. The wine’s enticing aromas of fresh strawberry and other dark fruits are complemented by more savory essences as everything comes together in a long and refreshing mouthfeel that showcases the vintage’s outstanding structure.
(that description comes from a pro...I'll just say that it is really, really good)
What to pair with this wine: Anything you like. Good pinot is one of the most versatile wines and while I might avoid a very fatty cut of red meat, this would be a great warm-up bottle for you and your friends while you sear your ribeyes in the cast iron.