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January 18, 2013 Wine Pick of the Week

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tudal-pinot Picmonkey

 

2009 Bacigalupi Vineyard Pinot Noir

 

Producer: Tudal Winery

Appellation: Russian River Valley

Alcohol: 14.1%

Suggested Retail: $42

 

“The winery calls this 'Burgundian-style Pinot Noir.' While we don't agree with their characterization, we think it's a high quality representative of this varietal as grown in one of California's premier Pinot Noir regions. It's big—maybe even powerful, but not overpowering. Lots of black cherry fruit, but has some of that earthiness that is the hallmark of Burgundy and, at times, good California and Oregon Pinot Noirs.

Food Affinity: “Pair with something rich and flavorful. Maybe slow-roasted lamb shanks or a rolled pork loin stuffed with fresh sage and toasted walnuts.”