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Balanced wines for Thanksgiving

The 2010 Wilson Daniels Pinot Noir from California’s Central Coast appellation is an ideal red wine for your Thanksgiving Day table.

Wilson Daniels is a prestigious wine importer and distributor founded in 1978 by Jack Daniels and the late Win Wilson. During the last 18 months, a new management team has put in place a series of changes, one of which is marketing its own wine under the Wilson Daniels label.

The wine bears a Central Coast appellation, which runs from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, and is made from Santa Maria Valley vineyard grapes.

The winemaking is a straightforward process of fermentation and aging for five months in used barrels. It yields a 13.3 percent alcohol wine with a translucent cherry hue and a cherry-cola scent. Its medium body carries a slightly tart cherry-cranberry flavor with a mild tannin and acidic finish that is perfect for a Thanksgiving menu of many flavors.

Allied Beverage Group in Carlstadt distributes the 2010 Wilson Daniels Pinot Noir. It retails for approximately $19.

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John Foy, November 16, 2011
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Balanced wines for Thanksgiving