Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Managing inventory challenges

After we were no longer able to obtain a specific Pinot Noir from Oregon; it became a challenge to find a comparable offering to take it's place among our inventory.

Enter Forefront 2008 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir by Pine Ridge.
Most of the fruit for this wine comes from the Dundee Hills area of Willamette Valley. Oak barrel aging was accomplished over a 10 month period using a combination of one and two-year-old French oak.

Wild strawberry, hints of clay, mushroom and rhubarb are the most prominent aromas in the nose of this young Pinot Noir. The middle of this wine is loaded with lean, dry fruit flavors, with the red fruit flavors of cherry, raspberry and cranberry dominating and leading the charge. A host of mineral notes, as well as sour cherry, graphite, earth and cola emerge on the impressively lengthy finish.

This wine is perfect to pair with our Blacken Salmon with Strawberry Glaze or our Blackened Ahi Tuna appetizer. The good fruit will help balance the spicy flavors.

You can enjoy Forefront Pint Noir at Mercy for $13 a glass or $40 by the bottle.

Vincent Havard
General Manager and Operating Partner