Ah, the dreaded holiday wine pairing. So many rich foods and flavors, not to mention pressure to impress your guests! Rest easy, we did the work for you this year. Pinot Noir is one of the most food-friendly varietals. As a low tannin red wine, it is gentle enough on the palate to let your cooking shine through without getting lost in the mix like many white wines do. Read on to get our top five bottles of Pinot, along with some tasting notes to show off your newfound wine knowledge. Now you just need to tackle roasting that turkey!
Our Top Pinot Noirs:
Patz & Hall Hyde Vineyard 2013 | Special occasions call for special wines. This iconic California winery produces consistently sumptuous Pinot from the Carneros region. If you are looking to wow everyone, this is your bottle. $61.99
Migration Russian River 2014 | Made from grapes grown in the famous Russian River Valley, this bottle has plenty of complexity. Layered fruit notes of cranberry and ripe strawberry make an appearance on the palate, along with enticing orange spice. $37.99
Belle Gloss Clark & Telephone Vineyard 2014 | This wax dipped bottle makes a beautiful gift. Potent and weighty, yet completely balanced thanks to winemaker Joseph Wagner’s deft touch. An amazing offering from the Santa Maria appellation. $54.99
Erath Pinot Noir 2014 | Blackberries and creamy caramel delight in this easy-drinking Pinot. Not too serious, but still elegant with persistent tannins and violet aromas. A great budget pick, make sure to stock up and watch the bottles disappear. $19.99
Four Graces Pinot Noir 2014 | Each release of this wine is met with critical acclaim. The 2014 vintage is no different. Silky tannins dance with notes of coca and blue fruit. An ideal expression of Willamette valley terrior. $33.99
Don’t forget to make sure you have the perfect glasses to enjoy these wines!