Dark cherries and a touch of mesquite smoke on the nose. Cherries are fresher, more tart, on the palate. Smoke and cola come through on the mid-palate. Acids really drive this wine, searching for a rich fats or gravy to challenge. Drink with bacon-wrapped figs or duck with gravy. Recommended. DH

WHO: Saint Gregory
WHAT: Pinot Noir
WHERE: Mendocino County, North Coast, California
WHEN: 2009
HOW MUCH: $20 (media sample)

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