Omaka Springs 2000 Marlborough Reserve Pinot Noir ($10.99)
Very dark ruby with a reddish-orange glint. Earthy and herbal scents show up first in the aroma, followed in short order by ripe red fruits with hints of tomato-skin. A slight, not unappetizing whiff of "barnyard" adds a rustic touch of complexity. Ripe and juicy fruit and herbal flavors are consistent with the nose, structured with tangy acidity that makes the wine a natural with food. Picking up on the wine's pleasant herbaceousness, a vegan risotto of radicchio with garlic and scallions made a surprisingly good match. US Importer: T.G.I.C. Imports Inc., Woodland Hills, Calif. (Dec 10, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Picking up on the wine's pleasant herbaceousness, a vegan risotto of radicchio with garlic and scallions made a surprisingly good match.

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