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2008 Mohua Pinot Noir 

Central Otago, New Zealand / $21-$22 Retail

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From the world's southernmost grape growing region, located on New Zealand's south island, this stylish Central Otago Pinot Noir draws comparisons to wines from Burgundy and west coast U.S. viticultural areas. In the glass, the medium-bodied, velvety wine exhibits some complexity with aromas of red cherry, some earth and attractive spice nuances leading into flavors of dried berries, plum, ripe cranberry and raspberry with fine tannin and acid structures. You can drink it now, but it will improve over the next several years. Enjoy it with tuna, salmon, lamb, veal, pork, grilled chicken and a variety of cheeses. Buy it at: Martin Wine Cellar and Cellars of River Ridge. Drink it: La Thai Uptown. — Brenda Maitland


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