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10 California Pinot Noirs for Thanksgiving

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The most popular Holiday in the USA is full of favors, at Thanksgiving people feel intimidated about pairing so many dishes with wine. You should have a White, Dry-Rosé and a medium-bodied Red on hand. Lets concentrate on the red wine. Pinot Noirs range from light to medium-bodied and are the most food friendly reds. There are different styles of winemaking, but to enjoy great wines you always start with great fruit, this is more true with the finicky Pinot Noir grape. Have fun with your food and wine pairings in Thanksgiving and always. Great to share Pinot Noirs at various price points!

2010 Mc Murray Ranch Central Coast Pinot Noir
2010 Mc Murray Ranch Central Coast Pinot Noir Courtesy of Mc Murray Ranch

2010 Mc Murray Ranch Central Coast Pinot Noir

Since 2009 this well crafted Pinot Noir is been a great expression of Central Coast fruit. Subtle cherry, pomegranate and cranberry aroma and flavor, accented with hints of cinnamon and earth on the aromas and notes of sweet vanilla and sauté mushrooms on the palate. Nice silky texture with pleasant acidity. Suggested retail price $20, available nationwide.

2012 La Tapatia Pinot Noir
2012 La Tapatia Pinot Noir Edgar Solís

2012 La Tapatia Pinot Noir

Fruit forward Pinot Noir, floral notes and ripe red fruit on the nose. This Pinot Noir feels well balanced (fruit, acid and tannins). Red and dark fruit on the palate with hints of brown spices. Soft tannins on this beautiful expression of Carneros fruit. Suggested retail price $30, available at Naked Wines.

2011 Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
2011 Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Edgar Solís

2011 Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Dark cherries, cinnamon stick and sweet vanilla aromas, with dark berries, root-beer and hints of mushroom on the palate. This wines has a nice balance between fruit and acidity with pleasant silky tannins. Suggested retail price $35.

2009 Bouchaine Carneros Pinot Noir
2009 Bouchaine Carneros Pinot Noir Edgar Solís

2009 Bouchaine Carneros Pinot Noir

Ripe plum and dark cherries, coffee bean with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon aromas. On the palate this Pinot Noir shows its complexity with pomegranate, ripe plum and strawberries, caramel and hints of brown spices. Lively acidity, silky texture and medium tannins that linger. Suggested retail price $35.

2008 Silver Mountain Vineyards Pinot Noir, Muns Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains
2008 Silver Mountain Vineyards Pinot Noir, Muns Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains Edgar Solís

2008 Silver Mountain Vineyards Pinot Noir, Muns Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains

Well structured Pinot Noir with aromas of red cherry, dark chocolate, molasses and hints of sweet vanilla. On the Palate this wine feels balanced with flavors of dark cherry, dried plum, baking spices and hints of hazelnut and Chinese five spice. Rich full-bodied Pinot Noir with a smoky character and long finish. Suggested retail price $38.

2009 Ceja Vineyards Carneros Pinot Noir
2009 Ceja Vineyards Carneros Pinot Noir Edgar Solís

2009 Ceja Vineyards Carneros Pinot Noir

Aromas of ripe cherries, plum and baking spices with hints of black pepper and earth. On the palate this Pinot Noir feels balanced with red and dark fruit, cola, apple pie crust and spices with hints of mushrooms and freshly crushed black pepper. Robust Pinot Noir, well structured with elegant tannins. Suggested retail price $40.

2012 Thralls Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley
2012 Thralls Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley Edgar Solís

2012 Thralls Pinot Noir Bucher Vineyard, Russian River Valley

Aromas of dark cherry, golden berries, dried cranberry and hints of bacon with flavors of ripe raspberry, smoked meat and hints of white pepper and bay leaf. This well crafted Pinot Noir shows great balance (fruit, acidity and tannin), pleasant fruit and savory notes working together. Suggested retail price $40.

2010 W. H. Smith Pinot Noir, Marimar Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
2010 W. H. Smith Pinot Noir, Marimar Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Coast Courtesy of W.H. Smith

2010 W. H. Smith Pinot Noir, Marimar Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Coast

Inviting bouquet of dark fruit, shiitake mushrooms, nut meg and cocoa aromas with rich flavors of ripe dark berries, cranberry, cola, coffee bean licorice and baking spices. Silky texture with bright acidity and high tannins. Suggested retail price $48.

2011 Barnett Vineyards, Savoy Vineyard, Anderson Valley
2011 Barnett Vineyards, Savoy Vineyard, Anderson Valley Edgar Solís

2011 Barnett Vineyards, Savoy Vineyard, Anderson Valley

Dark cherries, rose petals, licorice and white pepper perfume with raspberry, cranberry, cocoa powder and hints of brown spices on the palate. Nice acidity with firm tannins and lots of fruit. Suggested retail price $55.

2010 La Rochelle Pinot Noir, Dear Meadows Vineyard Anderson Valley
2010 La Rochelle Pinot Noir, Dear Meadows Vineyard Anderson Valley Edgar Solís

2010 La Rochelle Pinot Noir, Dear Meadows Vineyard Anderson Valley

This wine shows plenty of red fruit flavors and aromas (cherry, raspberry, pomegranate). Savory notes of dried mushroom, anise and cocoa powder. This Pinot Noir displays integrated oak flavors with intense fruit and rich earthy aromas. Enjoyable silky tannins along crisp acidity and a lingering finish. Suggested retail price $75.

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