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November 14, 2012

When making your Turkey Day list, don't forget the wine

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2011 Rascal Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley

A refreshing wine with flavors and aromatics of apple, peach and a touch of citrus. Nicely balanced with just a touch of sweetness, supported by a lively streak of acidity. It will work well with the different flavors that the meal provides.

Reds

2011 Chateau De Lancyre Rose, Pic Saint Loup

A dry rose is a great turkey wine. And this big styled rose was by far our favorite over the past year. Raspberry and pear aromas on the nose, with distinctive spicy, minty garrigue notes. Big, bold and firm red berry flavors on the palate, ending with a long, clean finish.

2011 Ca’ Momi Zinfandel, Napa Valley

There is a great combination of sweet ripe blackberry, cherry, toasty vanilla and dark plums in the glass. The spices are well in check and very mild, leading to an incredibly velvet-like smooth finish. This zinfandel is not overly sweet or spicy like many are. Very well balanced.

2010 Georges Duboeuf Morgon, France

This first-class Beaujolais from the region of Morgon (made from the Gamay grape) shows perfect balance and a sumptuous bouquet of black currant, plum, violets and old-fashioned roses. Elegantly smooth on the palate, revealing several layers of fresh red berries, especially cherries. The silky, prolonged finish signals completely ripened fruit.

2010 Talbott ‘Kali Hart’ Pinot Noir, Monterey California

Kali Hart has a beautiful, deep ruby color with bright fruit aromas of cranberry, currant and plum, as well as hints of vanilla. The crisp red fruit flavors continue on the palate, where they are accentuated by soft, smooth tannins. The finish is long with lush fruit and hints of vanilla and French oak.

2010 Primus Red Blend, Chile

This lush blend of Cabernet, Carmenere, Syrah, and Merlot has a deep, dark opaque garnet color. Aromas of ripe black berry fruit with a subtle hint of toasty oak. Red and black berry fruit flavors with hints of dried plums, fresh acidity and a long finish with fine, elegant tannins. A great wine.

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Todd Baltich is the owner of Leary’s Fine Wines in Newburyport. He can be contacted at Todd@learysfinewines.com with any questions or comments.

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