Best pinot noir wines in Paso Robles for the holidays
Pinot noir is always a popular choice for holiday parties and dinners because it is easy to pair with so many holiday dishes. Pinot noir’s traditional characters of medium-bodied fruit, lower alcohol, velvety mouthfeel, and bright acidity make it an excellent lighter red wine for an appetizer plate of charcuterie and cheeses or holiday meals. After tasting many local pinot noir wines we made recommendations for you below. We suggest serving these wines slightly chilled at about 55°F.
Top local pinot noir wine recommendations
Bushong 2018 Ananda Pinot Noir – $47
The word Ananda is from Hindu, meaning a state of extreme happiness, one of the highest states of being. You’re sure to find that with this 100% pinot noir grown on the Derbyshire Vineyard on coastal San Luis Obispo County. This delicious wine offers aromas and flavors of black currant, juniper, and sweet mint.
LaZarre 2017 Pinot Noir – $42
The fruit in this bottle comes from the Central Coast AVA. It has a complex array of aromatics: black cherry, graphite, and sagebrush. The flavors are even more intense with cherry cola and hints of plum. The wine was aged 16 months in French and neutral oak barrels. “This is a badass wine that will age gracefully,” says winemaker Adam LaZarre. Pair with salmon, fowl, and other white meat.
Lusso Della Terra 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir – $45
This pinot was grown in the hills of the Paso Robles Adelaida District AVA. Indulge in the luscious aromas of ripe cherry, raspberry, cranberry and oak. Savory the flavors of cherry, plum, spice with a beautifully layered texture, round and juicy with a lingering finish.
Seven Angels Cellars 2015 Pinot Noir – $38
This wine was grown in the Wolff Vineyards in the Edna Valley AVA of San Luis Obispo. This alluring wine is a pleasant ruby red in color with a nose of raspberry and softwood. nose. This wine boasts some complexity from the winery’s oak program with flavors of soft vanilla, cherry, and raspberry. This wine won a gold medal at the Central Coast Wine Competition, among other accolades.
Windward Vineyards 2017 Monopole Pinot Noir – $44
This vintage is a perfect expression of Windward, arguable the best pinot noir producer in Paso Robles. Bing cherries highlight this wine, from the nose to the lingering finish. Aromas of the cherry and earthiness share the stage with the salted caramel. On the palate, you’ll find hints of cranberry swirl with the cherry. The lush, rich feel on mid-palate draws you in, and the lingering finish leaves you with fresh leather and berries. It drinks beautifully now or will lie down for another 20 years.
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Publisher’s note: For the sixth year in a row we thought it would be a great idea to recommend local wines for upcoming holiday parties and dinners. Once again, we received an amazing amount of participation from our local wineries. Over the last few weeks, we received more than 100 entries. After tasting and tasting and tasting, there were many solid, well-made wines to recommend. We have created several lists of top local wines into categories. The recommended wines above are in alphabetical order.