Spy Valley 2000 Marlborough Pinot Noir ($28.00)
Pretty cherry color, not overly dark, with the "green" tobacco-leaf aromas I associate with New Zealand Pinot, followed by bright and pleasantly herbaceous tart-cherry fruit. Good structure and balance, fruity but not sweet, excellent with food. Price shown is from a restaurant wine list; retail should be $15 to $20. US Importer: Broadbent Selections, San Francisco (May 10, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: The wine's herbal fruit did a great job of bridging two disparate restaurant dishes: Rare lamb tenderloin over wild-mushroom risotto, and a "burger" made of lightly ground veal and foie gras.

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