Artesa 2000 Santa Barbara Pinot Noir ($17.00)
Clear garnet color, rather light. Marked "cherry cola" scent, an aroma that I often find in Central Coast Pinots; ripe red-cherry fruit emerges with swirling and time in the glass. Full fruit flavors follow the nose, almost candied in nature, gives an initial impression of sweetness that dries out with snappy acidity as the wine crosses the palate. Fresh and appetizing, a bit short in the finish, but still a good food wine as Pinot should be. US Importer: (May 28, 2003)

FOOD MATCH: Makes a natural marriage with a dish created to match, pork chops with a quick porcini mushroom sauce.

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