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Talley 2011 Pinot Noir Rincon Vineyard Arroyo Grande Valley and Claiborne & Churchill 2012 Dry Gewürztraminer Central Coast

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Talley 2011 Pinot Noir Rincon Vineyard Arroyo Grande Valley

TALLEY 2011 PINOT NOIR RINCON VINEYARD ARROYO GRANDE VALLEY:
  • TALLEY 2011 PINOT NOIR RINCON VINEYARD ARROYO GRANDE VALLEY:

Talley’s many fans will love this outstanding pinot noir from the estate vineyard. A complex wine layered in flavors, it’s truly a standout from what is commonly regarded as a challenging vintage. Made up with 30 percent whole clusters, it’s a wine that’s drinkable now but will grow better as it ages. Its dark purple hue speaks of ripe fruit flavors of black cherries, plums, and cranberries finely woven with nuances of minerals, earth, herbs, and spice. A great choice for prime rib, short ribs, grilled steaks, bison, rack of lamb, or wild mushroom risotto, it’s perfect for any celebration. Get it while you still can at the Arroyo Grande tasting room, where it’s priced $60 retail.

Claiborne & Churchill 2012 Dry Gewürztraminer Central Coast

CLAIBORNE & CHURCHILL 2012 DRY GEWÜRZTRAMINER CENTRAL COAST:
  • CLAIBORNE & CHURCHILL 2012 DRY GEWÜRZTRAMINER CENTRAL COAST:

This winery is renowned for both its dry riesling and its gewürztraminer, but each year I find one suits me better than the other. Do note that the riesling is excellent, too. This year I chose the gewürztraminer for our Thanksgiving turkey dinner, and it was perfect with its array of bright fruit and intriguing spice notes. This vintage boasts subtle but classic spice aromas and flavors that highlight ripe pear, sweet apple, honey, and nuances of exotic fruits. It will pair deliciously with most holiday meals. And it’s a great choice for those guests who don’t drink red wine. Available at the Edna Valley tasting room, it’s a good buy at $22 retail.

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