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LaZarre Wines 2009 Pinot Noir - Wine Review

Central Coast, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week September 12, 2011

A bottle of LaZarre Wines 2009 Pinot Noir, our wine of the week
LaZarre Wines
2009 Pinot Noir

Central Coast, CA

LaZarre is the namesake winery of a promising California winemaker, Adam LaZarre. Besides creating his own wine company with a focus on small-lot, Central Coast bottling, he is also the winemaker for Villa San Juliette. Currently, his tiny winery produces a Pinot Blanc, Edna Valley Sauvignon Blanc and Central Coast Pinot Noir. On the nose, the 2009 Pinot Noir offers blackberry, pomegranate, smoke and spice. Since it is made with a blend of fruit from vineyards in five appellations, its flavors are an interesting tour of California's Central Coast. Up front, there's classic cherry cola that is backed up by bright, tart cranberry and blackberry fruits. It evolves in the mouth to offer more animal and spice notes at the back of the palate. The wine lingers pleasingly long and leaves the mouth watering for more. This complex wine would work well with simple foods like roast, whole chicken, olive oil poached salmon or herb-rubbed loin of pork. Vegetarians can pair it with a wild mushroom risotto. For an elegant affair, try it with pan-seared duck breast in a pomegranate sauce.

Rating: 14.5/20

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(Updated: 09/09/11 BH)

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