Tasting Notes with Rosewood Miramar Wine Director Daniel Fish
As autumn brings changing leaves and cooler weather, the season gives us mushrooms, brassicas, and root vegetables. Richard Sanford of Alma Rosa is an iconic producer of Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir, and his passion project, Alma Rosa, creates a fantastic “Barrel Select” Pinot Noir, which is handpicked from his favorite barrels of all the single vineyards produced, creating a wine of great depth and concentration. The purity of the fruit is enhanced by notes of fall leaves, warm exotic spices and a hint of mushroom umami. All of these flavors are ready to be paired with your next roasted duck or turkey, served with caramelized root vegetables and mushrooms. Chef Massimo Falsini of Caruso’s restaurant has created an incredible seared Liberty Farms duck breast accompanied by a Fregola Sarda studded with Pioppini mushrooms, fondant of turnip, finished with a roasted duck jus. Only 28 cases of this wine were bottled, so make an effort to collect a couple to enjoy this fall.