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Wine of the Week: 2009 Loring Wine Co. Pinot Noir 'Russian River Valley'

Brian Loring has a self-proclaimed obsession with Pinot Noir. From a workaday facility in Lompoc on the Central Coast, he makes half a dozen single-vineyard Pinot Noirs. This one, though, is a mixture of several vineyard lots and is a great argument for the virtues of blending.

The 2009 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir has everything going for it — beautiful fruit, an enticing aroma, good structure and layered flavors. It also has something indefinable: character.

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Only 600 cases were made, so pick up some while it's still around. Drink it with roast leg of lamb or some simple grilled chops.

Region:

Russian River Valley

Price:

About $30

Style:

Rich and balanced

What it goes with:

Roasted or grilled lamb

Where to find it:

Mission Wines in

South Pasadena

(626) 403-9463,

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; Twenty Twenty Wine Merchants in

West Los Angeles

(310) 447-2020,

; Vendome Liquors in Fullerton (714) 524-0800,

; Vintage Wines Limited in

San Diego

(858) 549-2112, vintagewinessd.com; and Wade's Wines in Westlake Village (818) 522-4445,

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