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Wine of the Week

Scouting for the tastiest pinot noirs

Wine writer Peg Melnik had a blind tasting this week of pinot noirs, from crisp to ripe, with plenty in-between. Our wine-of-the-week winner is the Enkidu, 2010 Tina Marie, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir at $45, well worth the price.

TOP PICK

Enkidu

2010 Tina Marie, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 14.4 percent alcohol, ($45).

An elegant pinot with refreshing acidity and layered flavors. Notes of cherry, herbs and spice. Great minerality. Nice length.

Others worth noting:

Dutton Goldfield, 2011 Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, 13.5 percent, $40.

A bright pinot noir with lovely red fruit -- cherry and rhubarb. Seamless texture. Nice length.

MacMurray Ranch, 2010 Russian River Valley, Sonoma County Pinot Noir, 13.8 percent, $27.

A tasty pinot with notes of black cherry, toast and spice. Lingering finish.

Pali, 2011 Alphabets, Willamette Valley, 13.3 percent, $21.

A ripe pinot with aromas and flavors of cranberry, bing cherry and white pepper. Layered flavors. Lovely.

Chamisal Vineyards, 2010 Edna Valley Pinot Noir, 14.5 percent, $38.

A bright pinot with red notes. Aromas and flavors of strawberry, raspberry and cranberry. A touch earthy. Crisp finish.