2006 Moshin Russian River Pinot Noir

Rick Moshin has a thing for Pinot Noir, and the family-owned Moshin Vineyards is pretty much a full-on Pinot Noir facility. One of his best is this 2006 Pinot from the Russian River. It's smooth, dark and delicious with flavors of cherries, blackberries and earth. By rights, for a Pinot Noir of this quality, the bottle should cost a lot more than it does.

Chill it down a little before serving in this weather; it will warm up soon enough. Serve it with roast Cornish game hens, wild mushrooms, grilled skirt steak or sauteed calves' liver.

--S. Irene Virbila


Quick swirl

Region: Sonoma

Price: About $32

Style: Rich and full-bodied

Food it goes with: Cornish game hens, wild mushrooms, grilled steak

Where you find it: Bristol Farms stores, www .bristolfarms .com; the Vintage Shoppe in Playa del Rey, (310) 822-1138, www.bigwino .com; Vendome Liquors in Toluca Lake, (818) 766-9593, www.vendome tolucalake.com; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454 and (800) 769-4639, www.winex.com; and Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, www .winehouse.com.

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