redtree 2009 Pinot Noir, $8.99-$10.99, 86 points, began in the glass as a clear bright pomegranate red trending crystalline ruby with a broad transparent rim.
Though the nose was a bit lacking in aroma (closed or dumb), earthy red and black cherry were noticeable, and along with an interesting tomato juice smell that was okay!
The almost medium body carried fair acidity and mild tannin. While the flavors were a bit thin and one dimensional, the sweet red cherry and licorice were enough to pair with my lemon soup, rib-eye steak, and buttered sourdough toast.
Light spice, tomato, and a hint of the 12.5% alcohol, were fair for the finish.
The versatility of Pinot Noir red wines continues to amaze, and that's why I was inclined to pick these red wines to evaluate in time for Thanksgiving, and at the end of next week I'll be making my two picks for best Pinot Noir, and best value Pinot Noir. Ideally, at my Thanksgiving table there will be one bottle of the "best" to impress and satisfy, plus three bottles of the "best value" Pinot Noir wine by which to pair with the food, along with two bottles of white wine (A Chardonnay and a Riesling); these for eight people. Who knows, if my guests are exceptionally nice, I just might break-out a Port for dessert!
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