Enjoyed a couple of wines with a "traditional" Easter dinner of glazed ham, scalloped corn, braised brussel sprouts and candied sweet potatoes. The white choice of the evening was the 2008 Bastianich Friulano, Colli Orientali del Friuli. Light gold in color, the nose reveals pretty jasmine and mineral notes. And although those aromas may suggest a lighter style white wine, the palate on this one is quite rich and oily with flavors of petrol and anise. Bone dry and refreshing with crisp acidity. This one is all about the texture.
The red was the decadent 2008 Lincourt Pinot Noir, Sta. Rita Hills. A powerful rendition of this grape, the nose is packed with smoked tea, licorice and sweet black cherry. The black cherry and licorice are echoed on the palate which also features strong notes of spicy oak flavors. Good acidity and firm tannins suggest this one might age for a couple of years. Long, toasty finish. Very nice Pinot for under $25.