Must-Try Wine of Week: 2011 Siduri Pisoni Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

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This wine is from one of California’s greatest pinot noir vineyards, consisting of 45 acres perched at 1,300 feet overlooking the Salinas Valley in the Santa Lucia Highlands. The vines are more than 30 years old and own-rooted, and the resulting wines are among the most cherished and iconic California pinot noirs. Pisoni pinot noir typically has great grip, intensity, and length, and this wine, crafted by Siduri proprietor and winemaker Adam Lee, is no exception.

The nose offers scents of black currants, black grapes, and blackberries with hints of licorice, dark chocolate, potpourri, and subtle oak. On the palate, the delicious, full-bodied, and extroverted core of black fruits include plum, blackberry, and grape, with a hint of root beer. The velvety mouth feel is very seductive and the finish has impressive power. This wine is one big, rich, pussycat that can be enjoyed now or cellared for five to 10 years. It is a perfect accompaniment to hearty foods such as short ribs, long-braised lamb birria, or Santa Maria tri-tip. Available for $50 to $55 at Wine Exchange (www.wineex.com) and the Wine Club (www.wineclub.com). Tours and tasting of Siduri wines are available at the winery in Santa Rosa, by appointment: 707-578-3882.

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