A truly lovely Pinot Noir from Stoller Vineyards in the Dundee Hills of Oregon. The JV stands for jeunes vignes, as in "junior vines," a younger, high-density planting. The wine Stoller made in 2007 is ripe yet delicate with wonderful berry flavors revved up with sweet spices and an earthy minerality. It's ready to drink now and terrific.
Irene Virbila --
Price: About $25
Style: Elegant and approachable
What it goes with: leek or mushroom tart, vegetable terrine, roast chicken, calf's liver, veal.
Where to find it: Elvino Wines in Venice, (310) 396-9705, www.elvino wines.com; Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463, www.mission wines.com; and the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, www.winehouse .com