Soul Sister pinot noir

Soul Sister pinot noir (Handout photo / December 31, 2013)

Name: 2012 Save Me, San Francisco "Soul Sister" Pinot Noir

From: California

Price: $12

Serve with: Roast poultry, duck breast, tuna steak

This is a wine from a winery founded by the rock band Train and named after one of its hits. Pretty cheesy, no? Well, no. Soul Sister — a reference to the song "Hey, Soul Sister" — is actually quite good and especially fine for a pinot noir in this price range. It offers an excellent balance of fruit and acidity, penetrating fruit flavors and a good level of complexity. It could pass for a $20 pinot noir easily. If you like Train, that's a bonus. ("Calling All Angels" is their chardonnay.)

--Michael Dresser