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Sinor-LaVallee 2009 Pinot Noir Talley Rincon Vineyard

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This very special wine comes from a single block in Talley’s estate vineyards. Admittedly, I’m a huge fan of all of winemaker Mike Sinor’s wines, but this elegant wine has consistently been a favorite each vintage. Its aromas and flavors of tart cherries, plums, and wild blackberry notes are nicely offset by notes of minerals and spice. It’s a Pinot Noir that should be paired with equally special foods such as filet mignon, herb-crusted rack of lamb, seared pepper ahi, salmon, or roast turkey—it’s that versatile. Available pre-sale only at sinorlavallee.com, it’s $40 retail.

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