Carmel Road, Monterey (California) Pinot Noir 2014

($25): A delightful, well-priced Pinot Noir is hard to find, so I was especially pleased to sample this one.  Light-bodied with intriguing herbal earthy flavors and mild tannins, it’s perfect for current consumption with a veal chop or roast chicken with mushrooms.  Carmel Road has done an excellent job transmitting the dual nature of Pinot Noir — fruit and earth — in this bottling.
89 Michael Apstein Dec 20, 2016