This is the first vintage for Jack Hammer Wine Co., and they've come out with a terrific Pinot Noir for the price. The grapes come from all three Central Coast counties — Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara — and the juice sees some aging in old French oak barriques.
The result is a delightful Pinot Noir with bright fruit flavors, gentle spice and round, smooth tannins. It goes down very easy and marries with all sorts of dishes.
Drink it with hors d'oeuvres and vegetable dishes, with grilled salmon or duck breast. It should be beautiful with Moroccan or Middle Eastern food too.
Region: Central Coast
Price: $13 to $15
Style: Rich and round
What it goes with: vegetable dishes, grilled salmon, duck, and Moroccan and Middle Eastern food.
Where to find it: Duke of Bourbon in Canoga Park, (818) 341-1234, http://www.dukeofbourbon.com; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; Silverlake Wine in Los Angeles, (323) 662-9024, http://www.silverlakewine.com; the Vintage Shoppe in Playa del Rey, (310) 822-1138, http://www.bigwino.com; Wade's Wines in Westlake Village, (818) 522-4445, http://www.wadeswines.com; the Wine Crush in Long Beach (562) 438-9463, http://www.thewinecrush.com; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com.