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Wine of the Week: 2008 Hirsch Vineyards' Pinot Noir 'The Bohan-Dillon'

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2008 Hirsch Vineyards' Pinot Noir 'The Bohan-Dillon'

Pinot Noir seems to thrive on the Sonoma coast. Here's one beauty with real Pinot character from a renowned vineyard site near Fort Ross. Made primarily from the estate's younger vines, Hirsch Vineyards' "The Bohan-Dillon" shows lush, vivid fruit and a scent of earth and wild strawberries. It's meant to be drunk young. And with its purity of flavor and fine balance, it drinks like something much more expensive. Winemaker Ross Cobb worked previously for Williams Selyem and Flowers.

Note that the label changes every year. This one depicts the Hirsch family's first grandchild with the family cat, Bobes ( Czech for Bob), looking on.

Don't wait for an important occasion to break out the 2008: Drink it with roast chicken, grilled meats, pasta with wild mushrooms.

— S. Irene Virbila

Quick Swirl

Region: Sonoma coast

Price: About $30

Style: Fresh and exuberant

What it goes with: Roast chicken, grilled meats, pasta with wild mushrooms

Where to find it: Andrew's Cheese Shop in Santa Monica, (310) 393-3308, http://www.andrewscheese.com; Bristol Farms locations, http://www.bristolfarms.com; Greenblatt's Deli & Fine Wines in West Hollywood, (310) 656-0606, http://www.greenblattsdeli.com; Silverlake Wine in Los Angeles, (323) 662-9024, http://www.silverlakewine.com; Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, http://www.whwc.com; and other fine wine shops.

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