Ding, ding, ding went the bell Zing, zing, zing went my heartstrings as we started for Huntington Dell. The iconic sounds of Judy Garland in Meet Me In St. Louis. Ah the images of a red trolly, rambling down the street. we’re lucky here in San Francisco, we have vintage streetcars from around the world on parade. We’re also lucky because we live so close to Red Car Winery. Red Car Winery was founded by Carroll Kemp and Mark Estrin way back in 2000, with only 50 cases of syrah. Now, 11 years later, there are four Red Car wines, and two other labels – Trolley and Reserve. With a flair for the dramatic, Hollywood producer Carroll and screenwriter Mark bring us great grapes and great wine. Today I opened the 2009 Trolly Pinot Noir. 2009 was an interesting year, and I was a little aprehensive when I opened the bottle. That said, several of my blogging friends (NorCal Wine) have been up to the winery or to a winemaker dinner (yes YOU Dallas Wine Chick Melly!) and they were all h the wines. i must say, I am really enjoying this pinot myself. Bright and bold without being over extracted, this Pinot Noir is great on it’s own or with food. Tons of bright cherry and cranberry, with a hint of raspberry, and strawberry on the back end, the spice box nutmeg and tannins also fill out the back of the palate. There is a touch fo brown sugar with tons of spice as well. This is my kind of Pinot Noir! The grapes are sourced from the cool coastal vineyards, and they show the high acidity of the Sonoma Coast fruit. That balances out nicely with huge black Cherry flavors, followed by floral notes of rose petals. An hour after opening, it is really developing nicely in the glass and the earthy mushroom characteristics come otu to play. This is clearly a Sonoma Pinot Noir, with rich cherry and dark red fruit, as well as plum flavors; it’s rich but not overblown, and I really like it! At $48, it’s not exactly budget, but it’s a lovely wine and if you should see it on the market, you should BUY it. Happy Tasting! These wines were brought to be on a bus by Malm Communications. I think we need to get Mia a trolley!