2008 Penner-Ash Pinot Noir "Dussin Vineyard"
It's a beautiful Pinot Noir from
's Willamette Valley and winemaker Lynn Penner. The fruit is dark and ripe, but there's no trace of jam in this elegant and lush wine from the vineyard that surrounds the estate's cellars. But there's more than just fruit — sweet spices, a hint of vanilla and smoke.
Save this bottle for dinner with someone who will appreciate its finesse. I'd serve it with roasted chicken with truffle butter, or even better, truffles slipped under the skin. Or, forgetting the truffles, roasted chicken with Tuscan bread stuffing (bread, chicken livers, onion, prosciutto and sage) from Daniel Boulud's "Café Boulud Cookbook." And since it's that time of year, the Thanksgiving turkey would love a Pinot like this.
— S. Irene Virbila
Region: Willamette Valley, Ore.
Price: About $45
Style: Coolly elegant
What it goes with: Roasted chicken or other birds, a nice roast
Where to find it: Packing House Wine Merchants in Claremont, (909) 445-9463,
; Vintage Wines Ltd. in
, (858) 549-2112,
in Venice, (310) 566-9480,
; and Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454,