Keltie Brook 2001 Carneros Pinot Noir ($30.00)
Produced and bottled by MacRostie Winery in Sonoma with wines it makes from purchased grapes, this attractive Pinot is a pretty color, clear garnet with reddish-purple glints. Its aroma offers simple, pleasant fresh cherries - not maraschino but black bing cherries - and subtle spice. Fresh fruit flavor is balanced by crisp acidity with just a hint of earthiness that stops well short of "barnyard." Quaffable, fresh if a bit simple at first, it opens up and develops texture with time in the glass. A very appealing wine and an easy match with food. Restaurant wine list price is shown; it should retail for $15 or less. US Importer: (May 27, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Gave good service with a broad variety of flavors in a restaurant meal that ranged from a caramelized garlic-onion dip to a rich and creamy mushroom soup and on to a funky gourmet pizza with arugula and Asiago cheese and a dramatic preparation of hot-smoked salmon wrapped in a crisp potato crust with tapenade.



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