Pick of the Week: Fulkerson Pinot Noir 2009

April 2012
Originally published in the Finger Lakes Times as part of my internship with the NY Wine and Culinary Center

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Why it’s worth trying: The 2009 Pinot Noir from Fulkerson Winery is a versatile wine that is sure to awaken your senses. Partially oak aged, its complex bouquet and body make this wine the perfect companion to many meals. Especially with a higher level of antioxidants than many other wines, it’s hard to find a reason not to try this wine.

Rich crimson in color, this wine displays delightfully spicy aromas of cinnamon and clove, with a hint of deep cherry in the nose. The smooth, silky mouthful unfolds with flavors of smoked plum and oaked mocha. Lightly tannic, this wine delivers a long finish in the throat, with a touch of surprising tartness.

Fulkerson Winery has a rich family history, with the land being passed down from generation to generation since 1805. The vineyard officially opened in 1989 and still thrives today. Although the winery certainly honors family history, it always stays up to date and current, notably with the new tasting room, expanded juice plant and retail/gift shop, which opened in 2005.

Price: $16.99

Serving tips: In order to fully indulge in all this particular wine has to offer, it should be served slightly above cellar temperature (about 58 to 63 degrees).

Food pairing: The complexity and depth this wine offers allows it to pair nicely with a wide variety of meals. Due to its lightly spicy qualities, it would pair beautifully with a wood-fired pizza, topped with sausage and caramelized onions. Try it also with brie or Gruyere cheeses on hearty crackers for a simple snack.

You might also want to try: Similar wines include a 2008 pinot noir from Lakewood Vineyards in Watkins Glen, or a 2010 pinot noir from Billsboro Winery in Geneva.

Where to buy it: Fulkerson Winery in Dundee or the New York Wine and Culinary Center tasting room.