I personally believe that Marin County makes stellar Pinot Noir wine, but it can be hard to find. Brooks Note, a family owned winery in Marin specializes in Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Rose of Pinot Noir. The winemaker, Garry is extremely passionate about both Marin County wine and Pinot Noir. Because they are so small, the best place to purchase these wines is directly from the winery online.
2017 Pinot Blanc
This wine had a nose of shortbread, but a taste of tropical citrus. It is aged in stainless steel, so it is an incredibly crisp white wine. If you’ve never had Pinot Blanc, it is like a cross between Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. This wine would work well with a rich chicken dish. (120 cases/$24)
This wine had a creamy nose, but a very citrus forward taste. It is aged in neutral oak so there is some cream, but it retains its fruit. This wine would pair well with a creamy vegetable soup. (60 cases/$30)
2017 Rose of Pinot Noir
This wine had a nose of grapefruit and a bit of a watermelon taste. This wine is very well balanced and would excel with any food. The wine is a blend of multiple vineyards, including some in Marin and Mendocino. (160 cases/$24)
2015 Marin County Pinot Noir
This wine had a nose of leather and cherries, but the taste was more reminiscent of raspberries. This was my favorite of all the wines I tasted. I’d want to pair it with baked salmon dish. (250 cases/$36)
2015 Weir Vineyard Pinot Noir
This wine had an aroma and taste of both herbs and minerals. The Weir Vineyard is located in Mendocino. This would pair well with a hearty turkey dish. (130 cases/$44)
If you want to learn more, I’d recommend visiting the tasting room Brooks Note shares with Trek Winery in Novato. I haven’t been, but I hope to make a trip up there soon.