AG Pick: Aqua Pumpkin Pinot Noir 2009

Pumpkin season is officially underway. And with all the spiced lattes, beers and beyond, your favorite pumpkin-inspired treat could very well be a wine: the 2009 Aqua Pumpkin Pinot Noir.

Before you start imagining just how well pumpkin goes with red wine, you should know that there is no pumpkin (or pumpkin flavor) in Aqua Pumpkin. The name of this Kenneth Volk wine comes from crayons. During the 1986 crush a sleep-deprived employee woke up from a nap in the break room and saw two crayons – aqua and pumpkin – next to each other. He thought the two were an amusing combination for a wine label.

The Aqua Pumpkin Pinot Noir comes from Santa Barbara County in California’s Central Coast. It is a medium to full-bodied Pinot Noir that will please fans of spicy wines like Malbec, Syrah and Zinfandel.

Ripe berry aromas and a hint of freshly ground black pepper introduce flavors of cherry, boysenberry, raspberry and plum. The fruit is enhanced with subtle layers of cinnamon and clove. Silky tannins give the wine a pleasant mouthfeel, and the finish is long and satisfying.

Pair this Pinot Noir with game birds, chicken, turkey, veal, pork or dishes with mushrooms.

A sure crowd-pleaser and a great value, Aqua Pumpkin should be on your dinner table this fall.

A bottle of the 2009 Aqua Pumpkin Pinot Noir costs approximately $22.

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