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Deovlet 2011 Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard and Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Spain

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Deovlet 2011 Pinot Noir La Encantada Vineyard

DEOVLET 2011 PINOT NOIR LA ENCANTADA VINEYARD :
  • DEOVLET 2011 PINOT NOIR LA ENCANTADA VINEYARD :

I was quite impressed by this outstanding red grown in the Santa Rita Hills region of Santa Barbara County. Made in SLO by winemaker Ryan Deovlet, it’s his flagship among several ultra-premium pinots he makes annually. The vineyard, planted by pioneer Richard Sanford, offers consistently great fruit and Deovlet is one of the privileged few who can buy this pinot each year (since 2008). He thinks this vintage is better than the 2010 which earned an impressive 95 point score from critics. Even if you can only afford one bottle, you’ll want this on hand to celebrate a special event. A pretty wine with exquisite black fruit flavors weaved with notes of spice and minerals, it’s layered in delicious flavors and textures that lure you back for more. It’s complementary with everything from steaks to wild salmon or game. I find it an impressive pinot noir for only $45 retail at the winery/tasting room, but you must have an appointment to visit, call 550-6300.

Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Spain

FREIXENET CORDON NEGRO BRUT SPAIN:
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This is one of the best of this series of Spanish Cavas I’ve tasted in years. It’s a good choice as a quaffer if you prefer your bubby dry and crisp. With its clean notes of green apple, nectarine, and lime, it’s very good choice with shellfish, smoked trout, or paired with a cheese and dried fruit plate. Freixenet’s website says it’s the number one imported sparkling wine in the world. You can find it in nearly any drug or grocery store, but I suggest buying it where the turn-over is swift, like Trader Joe’s, only $6.99 retail.

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