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Luli 2009 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands 

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Young yet quite drinkable at this early point, it’s at its best with equally vibrant dishes. I enjoyed the forward black cherry, tangy red cherry, and plummy aromas and flavors, highlighted with notes of strawberry and spice. An impressive wine that’s layered in flavors, it’s a classic that expresses typical characteristics of the Monterey cool climate appellation in which the grapes were grown. Winemaker Jeff Pisoni, of the family famed for Pisoni Vineyard, said it’s a collaboration between Pisoni and Sara Floyd, a Master Sommelier in San Francisco: “Together, we wanted to create enjoyable wines meant to be consumed on many occasions.” They recommend pairing with wine with grilled steak or quail, or roasted chicken. Available at 15 Degrees C in Templeton, it’s a very good buy at only $22 retail.

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