Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Have Some Fun with It

Most people say Pinot Noir is their go to wine for Thanksgiving. And while we agree Pinot Noir is definitely one of the more food-friendly wines, soft tannins, good fruit, medium weight, why not have some fun with it.

Here are a few picks that are in the same weight category (to use a boxing analogy) that we like a lot and would not only grace the Thanksgiving table well, but as we like to say, wouldn't break the bank.

2009 Terre Nere Etna Rosso, Sicily, Italy $19.99
Nerello Mascalese at it’s finest. The purity and depth of the dark red fruit is remarkable, while the finesse in the tannins is commendable for a wine in this price range. Sweet tobacco, flowers and spices linger on the finish. Consider the Etna Rosso a poor man-s Burgundy or Barolo.

2005 Michel Guignier Morgan, Beaujolais, France $14.99
(90 Points: International Wine Cellar) Raspberry and red plum aromas are brightened by exotic notes of cinnamon and clove. Medium-bodied and velvety, with deep, sweet dark berry flavors and gentle acidity. Beaujolais with lush, round red and dark berry flavors and a liqueur-like cling to the finish.

2004 Weingut Bründlmayer St Laurent, Austria $24.99
St. Laurent is a traditional Austrian grape variety. These vines grow on an amphibolite primary rock soil in the 'Ried Ladner' vineyard. Although this is an elevated, cool vineyard, the early maturing grapes regularly achieve good ripeness. Cherry red in color. Spicy notes with red berry fruits; dry and refreshing fruit of red and black berries, cherries, and fresh herbs; elegant tannins leading to a clean and pleasing finish.

And, the ubiquitous, Pinot Noir pick!

2008 Pali Wine Co Pinot Noir Riviera, Sonoma, California $19.99
On the nose, a bright bouquet of plum, fresh raspberries, wild blackberries, coriander, lavender, iron and cinnamon. The palate is rich and full with black fruits intertwined with fresh raspberry, black pepper and wet stone that resonate in a fanning finish of sweet red currant and dark chocolate. This is 100% Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast AVA. 30% new French Oak; 9 months in barrel before release.

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