We strive each year to find a wine for November that will both fit the changing weather patterns and have the ability to stand tall at the Thanksgiving table. Pinot Noir, generally, has enough fruit, acidity and the right temperament to stand up to the stronger flavors of Thanksgiving while not overpowering the bird. This Three Saints 2013 Pinot Noir, in particular, is an ideal wine for the month and the holiday.
Three Saints is named for the three most dynamic wine growing regions in Santa Barbara County: Maria, Rita and Ynez. This 2013 is predominately from their Santa Maria Valley vineyard and reflects the generous texture they’ve found often from that site.
The wine leads with a nose of sweet dark cherries, earthy spice and a touch of smoke. In the mouth, ripe cherries again take the lead, bolstered by a layer of fine acidity and overall smooth texture, light earthiness and a long, sweet finish. Soft tannins echo in the background and back-palate. This is definitely in the "pretty Pinot' category with elegance and lush fruit abounding; the light acidity and tannic structure will help to cut through the richness of the table, making it ideal for this month. Stock up and Reap the harvest!