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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.
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.