2012 Artesa Chardonnay and Pinot Noir

This Thanksgiving, consider serving one of these wines from Napa Valley's Carneros region.

With turkey at center stage for your Thanksgiving meal, you could serve a full-body white or a light-style red wine to complement the flavorful taste and firm texture of the main course. Carneros is the coolest region in Napa Valley, making it the ideal climate for producing outstanding chardonnays and pinot noirs. I have selected a white and a red, each rated at 90 points, from that district. The chardonnay [$23.99; PLCB code: 8036] opens with aromas of Meyer lemons, highlighted with sweet oak components. The citrus fruit flavors are enhanced with a smooth, creamy finish. The pinot noir [$23.99; PLCB code: 6780] displays classic black cherry aromas and flavors. The rich fruit flavors are nicely balanced with toasty oak components in the finish.



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