A case for Thanksgiving wine

By on November 17, 2013

Kyra Wines 2010 Pinot Noir, Columbia Valley, $18

kyra-wines-pinot-noir-2010-labelLooking for a wine to debunk the argument that Washington cannot produce delicious Pinot Noir? Moses Lake winemaker Kyra Baerlocher — who creates a wide variety of stunning wines at approachable prices — provides a stellar example with this offering that’s filled with finesse. The nose begins with hints of wild raspberry, black currant, Milk Duds and Brown & Haley Chocolate Covered Graham cookie. Supple flavors of dark strawberry and raspberry jam are followed by pleasing acidity with notes of toasted pine nuts and duck fat in the finish. There’s a virtual absence of tannin, making this a fine foil for Thanksgiving turkey or pork tenderloin.

Rating: Outstanding!

Pairings: The most versatile red wine at your Thanksgiving table, Pinot Noir will work well with savory dishes such as turkey, stuffing or green bean casserole.

Production: 92 cases

Alcohol: 13.2%


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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .


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