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An all-purpose pinot for those holiday meals

Jarrett Osborn
Eagle County CO, Colorado
Special to the Daily2004 Left Coast Cellars' 'Cali's Cuvee' Pinot Noir

Eagle County, Colorado ” So another holiday meal is upon us, and again all sorts of dishes and flavors will adorn your table. Grab an all-purpose Pinot Noir, your best bet to pair with a variety of dishes. A great choice is the 2004 Left Coast Cellars “Cali’s Cuvee” Pinot Noir, from the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Oregon Pinot Noirs are a nice union of French Burgundy’s earth and acidity and California’s richness and fruit.

Just a light aroma of the characteristic sawdust and sandalwood start this wine nicely, followed by strawberry and raspberry flavors. Dry leaves and dried cherries add depth and keep the wine from being too fruity. Light tannins showcase the Burgundian influence, and the clean but smooth finish makes this Pinot Noir good for just sipping, although it really comes alive with turkey, duck, venison or even Christmas goose.

Bob and Suzanne Pfaff established Left Coast Cellars in 2003, moving from Colorado to Oregon in the process. Their daughter, Cali, is the namesake of this wine, and her artwork adorns the label and Web site. Winemaker Luke McCollom is the head viticulturist as well, tending the 100 acres of grapevines on the estate. Light French oak barrel aging adds a hint of vanilla and toast to the Cali’s Cuvee. The 2004 Left Coast Cellars Cali’s Cuvee is $27.

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