This is another of the wines I grabbed to have on hand across the holiday season. And by that I mean Thanksgiving through the New Year. I picked this Pinot up at Whole Foods fully expecting that we’d bake a turkey at some point, and it’s conventional wisdom that Pinots go pretty well with a holiday bird. Turns out, however, that we didn’t do a bird because a) we went visiting on Thanksgiving and b) we decided on something different for Xmas. Even so, somehow we managed to pop the cork on this bottle and sample the goods.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Price: $7.99 at Whole Foods
Notes: First thing you gotta know about this selection is — let it breathe. I know this is a Pinot Noir, but I just about spat out my first sip right after uncorking. With some time to oxidize, however, I found pleasant flavors of ripe strawberry, currant, pepper, a hint of coffee along with woody tannins in a light-bodied wine. The color was a very pretty jewel-tone red, and I smelled tangy berries and a touch of cedar in the bouquet. It was a little weak in the mid-palate but then packed a punch on the back end.