What a lovely expression of Pinot Noir from New Zealand's Mountford estate. Elegant and smooth, this New World Pinot carries the taste of Santa Rosa plums and sweet Asian spices. The scent jumps right out of the glass — sandalwood, and something leafy and delicate.
In this weather, chill it just a bit and serve with roast chicken, sweetbreads or roast leg of lamb.
Region: Waipara Valley, New Zealand
Price: $29 to $35
Style: Rich and full-bodied
What it goes with: Roast chicken or leg of lamb
Where to find it: Flask Fine Wines in Studio City, (818) 761-5373, http://www.flaskfinewines.com; Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463, http://www.hitimewine.net; Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463, http://www.missionwines.com; and Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606, http://www.wallywine.com