With the turkey-in-the-oven season firmly upon us, I have been sipping a few Pinot Noirs. I mean, I’m totally doing research toward finding the right wine for Xmas dinner. It is completely out of a sense of duty to friends and family that I am tasting these wines. Right? Uh … right! So, putting shoulder firmly to wheel, I opened a bottle of this Turning Leaf.
WInemaker: Turning Leaf
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Notes: The color of this one was a light purple in the glass. It was light-to-medium in weight on the palate with somewhat low acidity and no tannins to speak of. With alcohol at 13% it wasn’t a completely dry Pinot but definitely not sugary. Flavors for me were sweet cherry and raspberry with dashes of pepper and just the slightest hint of earthiness. There was absolutely nothing to hate here, but there was nothing to bring me back, either. I mean, I think lower acidity can be nice in a Pinot Noir if it makes way for that silky, velvety mouthfeel some achieve. I didn’t find that. And with a lack of acidity and/or tannins, I’m not sure that this wine would pair extremely well with many foods. Unless … unless maybe you were having bread or soup in advance of a meat entree (beef or game) for which you are saving a hearty, tasty red to knock everyone’s socks off. Or, if you have other plans for dinner, it could serve as a simple, easy sipper while you wait for the turkey to finish roasting. Anyway, I picked this one up on sale for $5.99. At that price, although this won’t be my Xmas dinner companion, you might find it fits the bill for your celebrations.