Flying Kiwi 2006 South Island Pinot Noir ($14.99)
Clear ruby, not overly dark. Decent cool-climate Pinot scents, red cherries and a lightly herbaceous "tomato skin" quality over just a whiff of brown spice. Fresh, crisp and tart, soft cherry fruit and zippy acidity. Smooth, rational 13% alcohol, no hint of tannic astringency, clean and food-friendly; a decent New World Pinot. US Importer: Miller Squared Inc., Highland Park, Ill. (Nov 1, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Versatile with a range of fare from red meat to salmon to mushrooms and cheeses. It was an excellent match with a dinner salad made with a low-acid olive-oil-and-lime-juice dressing and topped with strips of pan-seared, grass-fed steak with a teriyaki-style shot of soy sauce. The winery contributes 1% of all sales to the Kiwi Breeding and Recovery Programme of the New Zealand Conservation Trust.



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