Saintsbury 2005 "Garnet" Carneros Pinot Noir ($17.99)
Ruby, clear and rather light, typical of cool-climate Pinot. Subtle but pleasant red-cherry aromas; crisp and fresh flavor, bright fruit and zippy acidity. Excellent food wine. It holds its own in this "shootout" against a comparably priced Bourgogne Pinot Noir: It's a little more fruity, a little more extracted, but pure flavors and good acidic balance serve it well. US Importer: (Feb 2, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: This Pinot shows its food-friendly nature, making a beautiful match in a red-wine-with-fish pairing, ahi tuna seared sushi-rare with garlic, ginger and a soy-lime marinade.

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