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Pinot and Rhone-style whites for Thanksgiving dinner

“There’s nothing wrong with drinking the new and exotic for Thanksgiving, but there’s nothing wrong with the familiar, either. On the familiar (and red) side, we turned to Santa Barbara and its bounty of Pinot Noir. With perfect Pinot provenance afoot and a splendid 2009 vintage to consider, the odds were in our favor. And we did indeed find a healthy crop of standouts, just right to serve with your Thanksgiving feast.”

Gainey Vineyard 2009 Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
“The Gaineys found the full potential of a fine vintage in this quiet, subtle bottle. Underbrush and fennel aromas add depth to a deep black plum profile. It’s ripe and classic on the palate, with brambly fruit and a distinct oak edge that makes it user friendly.”

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Jon Bonné, November 20, 2011
Pinot and Rhone-style whites for Thanksgiving dinner