Sokol Blosser 1998 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir ($13.00)
Clear, dark ruby with reddish-orange glints. Red fruit aromas add marked but pleasant vegetal "tomato skin," a characteristic not uncommon in Oregon Pinot, with grace notes of fragrant pepper and brown spice. Juicy and fresh, tart cherry-cola flavors are consistent with the aroma; a good acidic backbone makes it a fine partner with food. US Importer: (May 24, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: A simple pan-roasted free-range chicken breast makes a good neutral canvas on which the wine can paint its fruit flavors.



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