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Sequana Sundawg Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir 2009, California

Pinot noir

Sequana Winemaker James MacPhail plays bagpipes and classical piano, as if fickle pinot weren't enough to keep him busy. I like to think of his small-batch wines as tender Chopin nocturnes versus the piercing wail of a Highland regiment at full tilt (though I do enjoy Amazing Grace on a well-tuned goat sack). Made with wild yeasts for added complexity, this offering from a cool ridge in California's Russian River Valley offers plum-jam, wild-berry and coffee flavours framed by spice and astringent, slightly dusty tannins. It should improve with up to 10 years in a cool cellar.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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