Crave – food & drink

Noir: Black. Dark. In the case of Pinot Noir from Monterey County, it also means delectable. Pessagno Winery recently earned 94 points from Wine Enthusiast for its 2010 Four Boys Vineyard Pinot Noir. With flavors of ripe black cherry, spice, candied plum and vanilla, it’s a favorite among night-dwellers.

For those who prefer white wine, Pessagno’s 2009 Intrinity Chardonnay garnered 92 points from Wine Enthusiast. It tastes of green apple, ripe pear, pineapple, guava, apricot and caramel.

Both wines—which are adorned with elegant, hand-numbered black labels—hail from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Nestled beneath the Santa Lucia mountain range, the SLH vineyards are caressed by fog and breezes from the nearby Monterey Bay. Fog + sunshine + cool afternoon maritime winds = long, gentle ripening and full flavors.