Leo Hillinge Eveline 2014 Pinot Noir (Austria), $15.72-$19.99, 89 points, poured a bright crystalline ruby with an exceptionally broad clear wine ring.
Aromatic cherry, wood, dry cooking herbs, a hint of blueberry, and pond-like smells were excellent.
Medium-bodied with good acidity, a mild underlayment of tannin, and fruity flavors of cherries, plums, cola, a hint of blueberry, and red licorice were quite tasty.
Finished long on the trailing palate, strawberry, warm spices, and a restrained 13% alcohol.
As the holiday season creeps irrevocably close, it is my favorite time of the year to drink Pinot Noir, and the Leo Hillinge Eveline 2014 Pinot Noir did not let me down ($15.72 equals high QPR); it paired delightfully with my roasted chicken, butternut squash, and red-skin mashed potatoes with gravy.
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