They say your tastes change as you age, and I can say I'm starting to appreciate more lighter-style reds vs. the bold Cabernets I favored in my "youth". Pinot Noir has become a go-to, it's food friendly and crowd-pleasing; a win-win.
I recently tried this 2014 Hibou Pinot Noir; a small production Pinot from the the Russian River Valley. It was absolutely delicious. Maybe I liked it so much because it had darker-fruit tones (blackberries, black cherries) vs. typically lighter red fruits of most Pinots. There was a touch of spice but mostly fruit, which I prefer. It was smooth and velvety and perfectly balanced in every way with little tannin and a clean finish. I'm literally still dreaming about this wine; it left a lasting impression on me! Unfortunately we started our night with this wine and everything else paled in comparison from then on!
Wine: 2014 Hibou "Soulajule" Pinot Noir
Purchased: Lucky recipient of a gift
Price: $59 retail but looks to be sold out, 2015 is now released to their mailing list only