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Wine of the week: 2011 Harlow Ridge Lodi Pinot Noir

Pinot noir, one of our favorite table wines, can be pricey, so it's a pleasure to discover one that not only is eminently quaffable but also goes for about $8 at bay area big-box stores. As a result, we're declaring the 2011 Harlow Ridge Lodi Pinot Noir from California an official good buy.

This medium-bodied but mouth-filling red will pair with lots and lots of dishes, from mojo roast pork to herb-roasted chicken to a classic meatball sub to all manner of tapas and barbecue.

It's fun and easy drinking from its pronounced cherry cola, blackberry and peppery bramble nose right through to its medium-long and satisfying finish. At mid palate it offers plenty of juicy ripe cherry and blackberry along with that snappy bramble, plus a smidge of clove. Cherry cola and white pepper come back strong on the finish.

By Colette and John Bancroft. She is the Times' book editor, and he is a freelance writer specializing in food, wine and travel. For an index and archive of reviews, go to pictograph.com.

Wine of the week: 2011 Harlow Ridge Lodi Pinot Noir 10/16/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 4:30am]

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