Five Rivers 2003 Central Coast Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir ($9.39)
Clear garnet in color, not too dark, this Pinot from Sideways country offers typical Central Coast Pinot aromas of red-berry fruit with distinct notes of cherry cola and brown spice. Crisp and tart flavors mirror the nose in a flavor that's varietally correct but seems lightweight on the palate. Still, it challenges the conventional wisdom that Pinot character can't be found for less than $10. US Importer: (Mar 22, 2005)
FOOD MATCH: As good a choice as any to wash down an anchovy-topped pizza.
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