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PICK of the RACK: Sea Smoke Cellars | “Ten” | Pinot Noir | Sta. Rita Hills AVA | Santa Barbara County | California | 2011 | $82 | 93 pts

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Aromas: ripe boysenberry; orange peel; hints of lavender Character: dry; medium-bodied; fruit-driven; elegant and energetic; moderate tannins; vivid acids; vanilla-tinged oak Flavors: red- and blackberry compote; savory herbs; clove; hints of rhubarb & mineral Food Pairing:  ripe, creamy & medium sharp cheeses; salmon with Champagne sauce; lamb chops … Continue reading

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PICK of the RACK: Pali Wine Co. | Pinot Noir | “Summit” | Santa Rita Hills | Santa Barbara County | California | 2010 | $29 | 90 pts

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Aromas:  blackberries; boysenberries; spice. Character:  fruit-driven; rich & full-bodied; luscious mouthfeel; medium tannins; robust acidity; subtle oak. Flavors:  dark fruit compote; flinty minerality; dusting of dark chocolate. Food Pairing:  dry, sharp cheeses; roasted chicken; tenderloin of beef or pork.   Here’s an assertive, voluptuous, … Continue reading

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