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2009 Fogdog Pinot Noir 

Sonoma Coast, California

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$25-$27 Retail

In 1999, Napa-based Joseph Phelps Vineyards bought a former dairy farm in a strategic spot along the Sonoma Coast in California. The vintners developed the property into Freestone Vineyard Estates, maker of Fogdog wines. Its vines are misted by the rolling Pacific fog, cooled by the sea breezes and ripened by the Sonoma sun. This elegant wine, produced at Freestone's three-tier gravity-flow hillside winery, is aged 14 months in 35 percent new and 65 percent 2- to 3-year-old French oak casks. It offers aromas of vibrant red fruit, wild strawberry, rhubarb, baking spices and a hint of vanilla. In the glass, taste tart cherry, red currants, plum, black tea, herbal and earthy nuances, refined tannins and bright acidity. Decant an hour before serving. Drink it with seared tuna, grilled salmon, herbed lamb chops, duck confit, rotisserie chicken, mushroom risotto, beet salad and roasted vegetables. Buy it at: Rouses and Breaux Mart in Uptown and Martin Wine Cellar in Metairie. Drink it at: Sazerac Restaurant at The Roosevelt, La Petite Grocery, The Pelican Club, Martinique Bistro, Rib Room, Cafe Giovanni and Johnny's Pizza House.

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