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2011 SeaGlass Pinot Noir

Santa Barbara County, California


$9-$11 Retail

Exposure to central California's coast — warm, sunny days and cool nights — works well for grapes, especially pinot noir. This light to medium-bodied wine takes full advantage of the region and the vintner uses minimal techniques and ages the wine in small French oak barrels. In the glass, it offers aromas of strawberry, raspberry and a touch of vanilla. On the palate, taste red berry fruit, cherries and spice notes. It has silky tannins and the varietal's signature bright acidity on the finish. Seaglass compares favorably with wines twice its price. Decant 30-60 minutes before serving to aerate. Drink it with tuna tartare, grilled salmon, leg of lamb, baked rosemary chicken, tempura-fried mushrooms and roasted vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, cipollini onions, eggplant and sweet peppers. Buy it at: Breaux Mart on Magazine Street, Winn-Dixie in Uptown, Cost Plus World Markets and Piggly Wiggly in Madisonville. Drink it at: Mandina's Restaurant, Two Tony's, Chartres House Cafe, Giorlando's Restaurant, Royal House, Original Pierre Maspero's, Le Bayou, Pier 424 Seafood Market, Coop's Place, The District and Bayou Burger and Sports Company.

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