It's easy to detect the hand of consulting winemaker Dominique Lafon in this lush Pinot from Evening Land vineyard in Oregon's Willamette Valley. The 2010's ripe fruit, silken texture and underlying minerality channel a Burgundian elegance. Evening Land's Pinot is a terrific food wine — perfect with the holiday turkey or roast beef, with comforting stews and braised dishes.
A wonderful buy for the quality.
Region: Willamette Valley, Ore.
Price: About $25
Style: Soft and lush
What it goes with: Roast birds, prime rib, stews, braised meats
Where to find It: Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463, http://www.missionwines.com; and the Wine Country in Signal Hill, (562) 597-8303, http://www.thewinecountry.com.
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