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.

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,; 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,; and Wade's Wines in Westlake Village (818) 522-4445,

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