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THE PINOT SELECTION KEEPS GETTING BETTER!

It’s a great time to be a Pinot drinker because the selection has never been better, and prices are not as outlandish as they used to be. Add these to the long list I posted back in December. I’ve divided my list into cool and warm climate because there is a big difference in the two styles. While you must experience the former at table, and give it time please, the latter will seduce you on the first sip.

THE PINOT NOIR WINE STYLE
Pinot is mainly a light to medium bodied red. Unlikely to please fans of the richer reds.

 

PINOT FROM COOLER CLIMATES are light, tart and refreshing – with bright fruity flavours. Feels lively and engaging. Works best with light meats – fab with grilled salmon, charcuterie and Indian foods. The perfect summer red – lightly chilled.

CONCILIO 08 Pinot Noir, Dolomiti, Italy 257030 $11.95 . . . tangy dry, earthy, very Italian

ALBERT BICHOT 10 Pinot Noir, Bourgogne, France 166959 $14.95 . . . earthy, authentic hit of Burgundy


PINOT FROM WARM CLIMATES
– expect a more gentle feeling and a spicy/sweetness. Can be very seductive. Charming for sure. Really good with Tex/Mex, spicy/sweet ribs and anything BBQ’d. And for party sipping.

CONO SUR 10 Pinot Noir, Chile 341602 $10.95 . . . bright, Beaujolais-style

STERLING 10 Pinot Noir, ‘Vintner’s Collection’, California 226571 $14.75 . . . smooth, spicy/sweet charmer

DE LOACH 09 Pinot Noir. ‘Heritage Reserve’, California 220434 $15.75 . . . another fruity, spicy/sweet charmer

RODNEY STRONG 09 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, California 954834 $22.95 . . . the big lush

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