• Wine of the Week: Brandborg 2009 Bench Lands Pinot Noir

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  • Vineyards: Bench-land vineyards in Elkton AVA
    Winemaker: Terry Brandborg
    Price: $22
    Recognition: Recent vintages received San Francisco Chronicle medals
    Case production: 4,004
    Food pairings: The wine's bit of tannin holds up to red sauces while it's smooth enough for salmon, plush enough for wild-mushroom risotto and has the acid for grilled game hens stuffed with lemon, garlic and rosemary.
    Tasting notes: The garnet-colored pinot noir has aromas of earth, Bing cherries, crushed, dried tea roses, pomegranate and blackberry candy and flavors of sweet cherry fruit and spice with a subtle smokiness.
    — Janet Eastman
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