Cartlidge & Browne 2004 California Pinot Noir ($12.99)
This is a clear, garnet-color wine, peharps not as blackish-dark as this producer's 2003. Spicy red-fruit and discreet cherry-cola flavors, simple but attractive, are typical of California Pinot. Ripe and juicy fruit, plums and red cherries on the palate are backed with sufficient acidity to provide structure. Like its predecessor, it's a fresh quaff and a decent if not overly complex table wine, a good, affordable Pinot Noir in a price range where distinctive Pinot varietal character is hard to come by. US Importer: (Jul 18, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: Excellent with a home-smoked duck breast, as its cherry-plum flavors complemented the duck meat and mellowed the tang of mesquite smoke.



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