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2008 Capitello Pinot Noir 

Marlborough, New Zealand

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$25-$30 Retail

Pinot noir is New Zealand's most planted red grape and appears to like it there, ripening in the cool climate and producing wines such as this one with distinctive varietal character and finesse. Grapes for this wine were hand-harvested from a small family-owned vineyard on the northwestern side of the south island. Following fermentation, the wine was aged 11 months in French oak barrels. In the glass, the wine offers dark cherry aromas with a touch of spice. On the palate, taste rich cherry and dark berry flavors and toasty notes. Drink it with beef short ribs, herbed rack of lamb, roast pork tenderloin, grilled salmon, tuna tartare, wild mushroom ragout and duck confit. Buy it at: Swirl Wines and Dorignac's. Drink it at: Bayona, Mr. John's Steakhouse and The Delachaise.

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