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Wine of the Week: 2009 Walter Hansel Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

From Hansel Family Vineyards comes this fine expression of Russian River Pinot. Round and silky, with a beautiful balance and taste of red plums and black cherries, the 2009 is a splurge, but worth it for a California Pinot of this quality.

Save it for a special dinner party to have with roasted or braised duck, braised short ribs or some meaty lamb chops.

Region: Russian River Valley

Price: About $36

Style: Balanced and elegant

What it goes with: Duck, braised beef, grilled lamb chops

Where to find it: John and Pete's Fine Wines & Spirits in West Hollywood, (310) 657-3080,; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463,; Mission Wine & Spirits in Pasadena, (626) 794-7026,; Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463,; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111,

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