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Vail Wine: A wine goes well with turkey and stuffing

Jarrett OsbornFinds from the Vine

VAIL, Colroado -So, Halloween was a holiday with no wine tradition whatsoever. For our purposes, we’llskip ahead and start thinking of Thanksgiving wines. First, a nice, dry Pinot Noir for under $20 that will pair great with turkey, ham, stuffing, and all the other stuff you can fit on your plate. The 2007 Lucas & Lewellen Pinot Noir is from Santa Barbara County, where the wines tend to have nicer acidity and balance than a lot of their northern counterparts. Dry cherry and raspberry, white pepper spice, a little earth and sandalwood, and a hint of herbal notes show this Pinot to be medium bodied, not super-ripe and rich. Winemaker Megan McGrath Gates ages the wine for nine months in neutral French oak barrels. Neutral barrels have been used in vintages past, thus very little oak flavor is transferred to the wine, just a silkiness and some extra body.Louis Lucas and Royce Lewellen founded the winery in 1996. Lucas has grown grapes for decades, and the winery currently has 400 acres under vine. Around 2,000 cases of the 2007 Lucas & Lewellen Pinot Noir were produced.Jarrett Osborn is the wine buyer at Riverwalk Wine & Spirits in Edwards.

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