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Stephen Ross 2007 Pinot Noir Central Coast


  It’s way too early to drink 2007 Pinot Noirs, I’ll admit, but after tasting this recent release at their new tasting room in SLO I couldn’t resist opening a bottle at dinner. Nicely balanced and easy-drinking, this tasty wine seduces you with its fragrant black cherry, strawberry, and blueberry aromas and flavors, nuanced with earth and spice notes. I loved it with Alaskan Coho salmon and whole wheat pasta with ratatouille and goat cheese. It’s also a great choice for ahi, beef, or mushroom-based dishes. Winemaker Stephen Ross Dooley (who was once winemaker at Edna Valley Vineyards) said the vintage was “pretty spectacular,” but there’s a downside: a small crop. And we all know that means these wines will disappear fast. This classic Pinot is well structured and hard to stay away from, especially so when it’s only $24 retail at the tasting room.

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