Giving Thanks for Pinot 

It's Pinot, with a capital P, and that rhymes with T, and that stands for Turkey, right here in River City. There are a lot of great wine pairings for your Thanksgiving Day table. Sparkling wine is a good choice, as is a Riesling or Gewurztraminer. But, when it comes to a red wine, I always lean towards Pinot Noir. Since this is a uniquely American holiday we decided to stick with the states, and since it's a celebration, we decided to splurge a little. Here are the panel's top Pinot picks:

2015 Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir, Dundee Hills, $45

Recognizing Oregon's Pinot potential, this renowned Burgundy house bought land there back in 1987. The aromas here are a bit like cherry cola with a light hit of chocolate syrup. Stylistically, this wine shows its Burgundian roots along with a bit of New World panache. It is a well-balanced combo of muscular cherry and tangy rhubarb, with touches of leather, earth and ripe tannins.

2014 Peirson Meyer Pinot Noir, Russian River, $50

The nose of this wine is filled with pure, bright cranberry backed by touches of earth and nutmeg. The flavors on the palate are expansive without being heavy, offering smooth, lightly tart cherry and creamy, cola-laced plum. Those notes linger elegantly on the long, silky finish.

2015 Poseidon Pinot Noir Estate, Carneros, $32

You get a complex array of aromas with spicy cherry, clove, cinnamon, earth and dried tea leaves in this wine. The velvety palate is a rich and smooth mix of raspberry fruit and sugar plums, along with a hint of earth. This is a full-bodied, high-toned wine that's classic Carneros Pinot.

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