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Thanksgiving leftovers with Skalli Pinot Noir

By Jessica Yadegaran
Friday, November 28th, 2008 at 2:24 pm in Uncategorized.

robert skalli pinot noir 2006

It wouldn’t be the Friday after Thanksgiving if I wasn’t sitting at my computer inhaling microwaved leftover turkey with all the trimmings.

And I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t washing it down with a leftover wine.

On Wednesday night, Joel and I opened a bottle of Robert Skalli 2006 Pinot Noir to enjoy with some goat cheese stuffed portobello mushrooms. I re-corked the bottle and we spent all day Thursday out noshing at friends’ houses and sneaking home their leftovers.

So today, naturally, I opened the two-day old wine to test its anti oxidation powers. Not bad. It’s an intense, full-bodied extracted Pinot to begin with — dark red with a blue tint and blueberry and black cherry flavors. Not much earth. Its acidity stood up nicely to the meyer-lemon cranberry sauce topping my turkey slices and the heavy fruit worked with the prune-and-raisin tinged yams. Thanks for those again, Yudi.  

Skalli’s estate vineyard is on Corsica, an island in the South of France (yes, Napoleon’s birth place). The climate is much like California’s (Mediterranean) so the grapes benefit from a long growing season and the terraced vineyard is nestled on a sloping hill. If you don’t believe Pinot Noir from France can be big in style, check this wine out.

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