Addax Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2018

Another Russell Bevan home run, Addax is an artisan wine brand led by Brian Kearney and Josh Peeples. The brand began with a few friends and 4 barrels of Cabernet back in 2009, and has evolved into a phenomenal portfolio of wines, including Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon, Petaluma Gap Pinot Noir, and a Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.

Bevan is one of the most sought after winemakers today and one of the world’s most acclaimed. A superstar with critics, colleagues and consumers alike. Wine critics regularly praise his wines, providing correspondingly sky-high scores.  You would recognize his work from a number of our past wine club favorites such as Elyse, Belden Barns, Morgado, and his own label, Bevan Cellars. 

Russell’s approach to winemaking was perhaps best summarized by the words of Robert Parker:  “In many respects, the impressively talented visionary Russell Bevan produces wines very much in his own bigger-than-life, boisterous image. With his serious insider knowledge, which gives him access to some great sources that other producers somehow have missed, he seems to magically transform his wines into personality-filled, savory, intensely flavored efforts.”

This 2018 Sonoma Coast Pinot was crafted from the Pfendler vineyards in the Petaluma Gap region of the Sonoma Coast. Aged in 100% new French Oak, this powerhouse Pinot Noir is packed with spring flowers, black raspberries, kirsch, and licorice with subtle notes of forest floor. Deep purple in color, this is truly a Cabernet drinker’s Pinot Noir. 

Lucky for us, it’s also a mushroom lover’s Pinot. Every Thanksgiving in my home we make a side of Wild Rice and Mushrooms. It’s one of my favorite parts of the holiday meal. This dish is filled to the brim with beautiful crimini and oyster mushrooms, and this wine is the perfect pairing. The mushrooms are beautifully accented by the earthen tones in the wine. Savory never seemed so sweet. 

Michelle “Mecha” Michelbook – November 2020

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