Kings Ridge 2000 Oregon Pinot Noir ($13.99)
In contrast with lighter Pinot styles, this is very dark ruby in color, shading to purple in the glass. Dark fruit, earth, spice and elusive mint combine in a complex aroma. There's just a hint of prickliness on the tongue, suggesting the slightest carbonation, with good, fresh fruit and a pleasantly tangy hint of "tomato skin." Velvety, almost plush texture makes for easy sipping. US Importer: (Dec 2, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Pinot Noir is one of the best "food wines," going well with a broad variety of dishes. We enjoyed this one with a leftover turkey dish made in the style of Circassian chicken, in a thick sauce made with finely chopped walnuts.

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