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Emile Chandesais Bourgogne Pinot Noir

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2009
Burgundy, France

Pert and lighter bodied with cranberry, oak and a touch of smoke. I’m not really a fan of the tartness this Burgundy-style pinot exhibits, but I suspect a decent food pairing would dull that tannic edge. Salmon (of course), lighter pasta dishes, pizza, and maybe some roast turkey? What I do like is the gentle yet persistent finish; a lingering essence of musty leather, which sounds terrible but works somehow–it’s that earthiness Burgundy varietals are known for, no? You might give it a spin if you can find it on sale, but I personally wouldn’t pay full dollar.

On sale now at BevMo!

Mark West Pinot Noir

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Mark West Pinot Noir

2009
California; Sonoma County

Light, translucent and wonderfully perfumed–this soulful wine is full of oak and floral notes. Fresh cherries and pipe tobacco in the nose, with a woodsy tang. Tannins are firm and a little chewy, but smooth, and the finish is very earthy; gamey, even. This wine isn’t especially complex and there’s not a lot of fruit, but the flavors it does offer go deep.

We found this bottle at Beverages and More for $10.

Lucky Star Pinot Noir

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Lucky Star Pinot Noir2009
California (Graton)

Luck seems to be a lady for this Pinot. She’s a pretty garnet m’amselle with some nice legs and a delicate perfume of cherries, leather and oak. Light and lively with cranberries on the tip of the tongue and a dry but tannic finish — a nice touch that keeps this lighter red from being a lightweight. A real lucky find, too, for a mere $10.

We found this wine at Beverages and More.

Blason de Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2008

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Blason de Bourgogne Pinot NoirI really need to explore French wines in greater depth. I’ve enjoyed many, but can never keep those elaborate names straight (yes, I know–horribly American of me; somewhere out there, a Frenchman is farting in my general direction). Which is a terrible reason to shy away from one of the great wine cultures of the world. I am not proud of this.

Here’s an interesting Pinot–can’t pronounce it to save my life, but you might want to try it. It’s a light, crystal-clear reddish brown, with a delicious aroma of cherries and vanilla. Medium bodied, as most Pinots are, with soft tannins and lovely structure. Plum and cedar notes, and a raspberry flavor on the tip of the tongue. The cranberry finish was too piquant for my tastes, so I’d definitely recommend drinking it with food to tame that tart touch. Loaded with personality, with a little bit of an edge…not a reliable crowd pleaser, but will make for satisfying sipping for those with an adventurous palate.

Blason de Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2008

Martin Ray Pinot Noir

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2008
Santa Barbara County

Vanilla and spice and everything nice! This festive, garnet-hued beauty is loaded with warm vanilla, toasty oak, allspice and nutmeg. The smooth tannins have just enough leather and pepper to keep the wine from getting too jammy, and a hint of berry rounds things out nicely. A well-structured, easy-drinking, satiny pinot that’s perfect for the holidays!

Martin Ray 2008 Santa Barbara Pinot Noir – Red Wine