Culled from RSV’s four organic vineyards on the Napa Valley side of the Carneros, these vineyards are planted with “heirloom” massal selections of Pinot Noir that have been refined by trial and error over the last thirty years.

It was by chance that I discovered Pinot Noir had an affinity for sesame. I was eating duck udon with a few drops of toasted sesame oil when I took a sip of Pinot. Boom! The sesame worked perfectly with the Pinot. It was the happiest of accidents. I put the Pinot up against sesame again and again — seeds, tahini, toasted and untoasted oil — and it worked beautifully.

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