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WINE OF THE WEEK

2001 Melville Estate Pinot Noir

Quick swirl

November 20, 2002|S. Irene Virbila

Melville Winery is so committed to Pinot Noir that is has planted 11 different clones on its Santa Ynez Valley estate. This bottling is just delicious: silken in texture, tasting of lush ripe cherries and plums with a scent of rose petals and raspberries. At less than $20, this is a terrific bargain for dedicated Pinot fans. A wine this graceful goes with just about anything, making it a perfect bottle to pour for Thanksgiving.

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Region: Santa Rita Hills

Price: About $19

Style: Soft and silky Central Coast Pinot

Food it goes with: Just about everything

Where you find it: Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463; Ventura Wine Co. in Ventura, (805) 642-9449; The Wine House in Los Angeles (310) 479-3731; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454; WineSellar & Brasserie in San Diego (858) 450-9557; and Woodland Hills Wine Co., Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111. Also available at the winery, (805) 735-7030.

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