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2012 Allan Scott Pinot Noir 

Marlborough, New Zealand

Retail $15

The most attention-getting New Zealand wine varietal has quietly shifted from sauvignon blanc to pinot noir. It's a great place to grow the fickle red grape, but New Zealand vintners did not keep pace with the rest of the grape-growing world until the mid-1980s when they noticed what American producers were able to do. Forty years ago, Allan Scott Family Winemakers, located in Marlborough, on the northeastern tip of the South Island, set out to take full advantage of new wine-making technologies and the grand terroir of the region. This pinot noir exudes aromas of strawberry, herbs, mushrooms and sweet earthiness. On the palate, one experiences excellent balance and fruit complexity. Decant 20 minutes before serving. Drink it with herb-roasted chicken, rack of lamb, pork and veal chops, grilled vegetables, mushroom risotto and truffled cheeses. Buy it at: Whole Foods Markets. — BRENDA MAITLAND


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