Wine Advent-ure Calendar Day 6: Divine Pondering Pinot Noir

Winery Location: Northern Macedonia

For today’s wine we go to Northern Macedonia, a region with 4000 years of winemaking history to taste Pinot Noir, one of the most commonly planted grape varietals in the world. With those facts in mind, it is interesting to note that the Pinot Noir grape only accounts for 6% of the grapes grown in Macedonia. So it’s quite rare that you’ll find a Pinot Noir wine in this region.

How is it? Bright strawberry, cherry and raspberry flavors on the nose and palate, undergirded by a mushroomy earthiness which helps the light tannins provide structure. The wine is notably acidic so that makes it pretty food friendly and its light body should make an easier drinking experience for those intimidated by heavy reds. Costco’s tasting notes recommend pairing this wine with the traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, stuffing and cranberries, or a mushroom risotto. Overall it’s pretty solid. If you yearn for something different from the Burgundian or Washingtonian Pinot Noirs but not too overly exotic this is a good choice.

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