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2011 Ara Pathway Pinot Noir 

Marlborough, New Zealand

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$14 Retail

New Zealand's Marlborough region is situated between mountain ranges and the Pacific Ocean near the northern tip of the south island. This ideal grape-growing area has a sunny, dry climate, cooling maritime exposure and a long growing season that helps produce wines with distinctive acidity and vibrant fruit flavors. The 1,000-acre Ara estate lies at the convergence of the Wairau and Waihopai rivers. Hand-picked and machine-harvested fruit are cold-soaked, then fermented with the skins for 10 to 15 days. Aging occurs over six to nine months in 10 percent new oak and 90 percent older French barrels. The wine offers a modest bouquet of raspberry, dark berries, savory herbal undertones and a touch of earthiness. In the glass, taste ripe cherry, plum, red currants and spices. Open 30 minutes before serving for optimal flavor. Drink it with grilled tuna, lamb, eggplant, hoisin-glazed pork, herb-roasted chicken and Gruyere and Comte cheeses. Buy it at: Rouses in the Warehouse District. Drink it at: Redemption.

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