Kim Crawford 2001 Anderson Vineyard Marlborough Pinot Noir ($13.99)
This is a dark reddish-purple wine, clear in the glass but short of transparent. Good cherry and red-berry aromas with subtle spice are varietally correct. Juicy red fruit and snappy acidity are nicely balanced on the palate, with medium-bodied, velvety texture that says "Pinot." Consistent with other New Zealand Pinots I've tried, it's hard to pin down stylistically: More subtle than the stereotypically California Pinot but more fruit-forward than benchmark Burgundy, it may fall closest to Oregon on the style spectrum. US Importer: Philips Hogue, Esparto, Calif. (Apr 21, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with Italian sausages cooked with rapini (broccoli rabe) over creamy polenta.

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