Au Bon Climat 1999 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir-Mondeuse ($18.49)
Slightly hazy ruby, a rich if unfiltered appearance. Distinct cherry-cola aroma, typical of Santa Barbara Pinot. Ripe and juicy fruit flavor, fresh and full, with hints of black olives and spice; it seems that the Mondeuse fills out and adds muscles to the Pinot. US Importer: (Mar 6, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Stir-fried white and straw mushrooms and bok choy in a ginger-garlic sauce over rice pancakes.

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