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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Wild Horse Wild Horse 1997 Central Coast Pinot Noir ($18.99)
Clear ruby color, with a marked cherry-cola scent leading into ripe, juicy tart-cherry flavors. Fruity, aromatic, seems a bit simple at first, but as Pinot Noir often does, it opens up to reveal increasing complexity as it airs in the glass. (July 1, 1999)

FOOD MATCH: An excellent match, as I had hoped, with duck breasts pan-grilled with garlic and star anise over a bed of quick-sauteed shredded cabbage and onions touched with five-spice.

King Estate 1996 Oregon Pinot Noir ($15.99)
Clear bright ruby. Aromatic red-fruit and spice on the nose backed by a "vinous" edge of alcohol. Ripe tart-cherry fruit flavor and lemony acidity, mouth-filling and fresh; clean if not overlong. (June 9, 1999)

FOOD MATCH: Actually better with food than alone, a natural match with fresh Alaskan Copper River salmon, poached in wine with caramelized onions as in Mike Wolinski's excellent recipe on the Food Lovers' Discussion Group.

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