When looking for the best wine to pair with your next holiday feast, you can’t go wrong with Pinot Noir. But which Pinot Noir? When it comes to this meal, everyone has their favorites—what’s yours?
Do you dream of drumsticks? Do you crave cranberry sauce? Do green beans get you going? With your personal favorites in mind, read on for recommendations on which wine to pour in your glass before digging in.
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This wine comes from our two estate vineyards in Sebastopol. Pinot Hill is a cooler, steeper site producing high-acid, complex and delicate wines. Hallberg Ranch brings more textural roundness and alluring red fruit flavors to the wine. When blended together, the result is a wine bursting with fresh and youthful aromas of ripe red cherry, cherry blossom, walnuts, dried orange zest, and a little whiff of honey. It fills the mouth without heaviness and lingers well in the back palate, making it a superb food and sipping wine.
Shaped by abundant fog and the occasional rays of morning sun, our 2017 Pinot Hill East is one of the most profoundly aromatic wines we make. It is more of a savory wine, as it opens up, fascinating notes of orange-cranberry relish, acai, lemon verbena and Angostura bitters are revealed, teasing the senses and inviting a first sip. On the palate, this wine is poised, yet incredibly energetic, with a vibrancy that underscores the depth of flavors. Taut tannins and discrete whispers of oak frame layers of juicy red berry fruit that linger throughout a long and tantalizing finish.
The West side of the vineyard has a few rays of late-day sun that mitigates the cool coastal winds that bathe the vineyard most afternoons, making our 2017 Pinot Hill West a hedonist’s delight! Dark, sensual, and super-concentrated, it is plush and viscous, coating the palate with flowing flavors of elderberry syrup, black currant, Vietnamese coffee, and vanilla bean. While hints of cold-smoke and first-press ripe olives add to a sense of weightiness, there is a lithe acid-driven energy to this wine that provides focus and finesse to the luxurious finish.
Featuring all 11 clones of Pinot Noir planted at our Hallberg Ranch, the 2017 is dazzlingly complex and so popular that we only have magnum bottles left! Luckily, it’s also the perfect wine for the entire festive meal.
In the glass it unfurls to reveal gorgeous layers of red, black, and blue fruit, as well as fascinating notes of fresh flowers, sweet spice, rising dough, and fresh-baked pie crust.
With friends and family together again, these wines are the perfect pairing with laughter, connection, and celebrating the joy of having holidays together again.
Wishing you all the best, from our family to yours!