The Santa Lucia Highlands area of California is an increasingly reliable source of fine wines, including pinot noir. This well-made example offers full-bodied, lush fruit with hints of black cherry and blackberries. Its creamy texture is very Californian, but it has earthy, herbal notes that hark back to Burgundy.
From: Santa Lucia Highlands, Calif.
Serve with: Red meat, tuna steak, roast poultry
Wine Find: 2009 Paraiso Pinot Noir
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