As summer fades to fall, it’s time to trade in the crisp whites for light-bodied reds. And there’s no finer way to toast autumn than with a glass of Pinot Noir.
De Loach Pinot Noir 2011, $15.45
This entry-level vino from De Loach is made with grapes sourced in central and northern California. Pour with mushrooms on toast.
Ponce notes: “While most Cali Pinots are long on fruit and short on character, this cheapie is a pleasant surprise. It offers a floral nose, juicy acidity, and beguilingly bitter, beet-laced finish.”
Coyote’s Run Red Paw Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011, $22.95
From Niagara-on-the-Lake, this bottle is named after the vineyard’s red, iron-rich loam. Try with grilled salmon.
Ponce notes: “A bouquet of sour cherry and smouldering campfire sets the nose a-twitching. It’s a light, earthy red with a grinding of pepper over the fruit and great balance—an ace Pinot.”
Maison Roche de Bellene Savigny-Les-Beaune Vieilles Vignes 2010, $22.95
Made by Burgundy négociant Nicolas Potel, this wine comes from a vineyard that was planted in 1947. Open with roast chicken.
Ponce notes: “It’s about as light as red wine gets, with tart-berry flavours and an undercurrent of forest floor. Chill lightly and enjoy a
glass after raking the leaves.”