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Today's Wine Tasting Note

© Copyright 1997 by Robin Garr. All rights reserved.

Year in and year out, this is one of my favorite Central Coast California Pinot Noirs. A blend of grapes from Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara and Santa Barbara counties, aged in French oak, it shows the intense cherry fruit aromas and flavors that typify the region. Although its price in the middle teens is hardly budget-range, given the inflated prices of top California Pinots and the even more stunning prices of quality Burgundies, it's quite a value.

Wild Horse 1995 California Pinot Noir ($14.99)
Clear ruby color. The strong "wild-cherry cough drop" quality of Central Coast Pinot comes through on the nose and palate, nuanced with floral and herbal notes and a good lemon-squirt of acidity to balance the exuberant fruit flavor. (Nov. 17, 1997)

All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I purchase all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

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