Dog Point Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007


Marlborough, New Zealand, $38

From the original winemaker at New Zealand’s celebrated Cloudy Bay winery, this is lush and full, with layers of dark fruit and strawberry flavors.

M Touton Selection: Available in the District at Circle Wine & Liquor, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Pearson’s. Available in Maryland at Bacchus Wine and Spirits in Hagerstown, the Montgomery County Dispensary in Potomac Village, Old Farm Liquors in Frederick, the Perfect Pour in Elkridge.

Wild Rock Cupids Arrow Pinot Noir 2008

**1 / 2

Central Otago, New Zealand, $20

This austere pinot starts out light and delicate but gains flavor with just a short time in the glass. Don’t hesitate to decant it.

Republic National in the District and Virginia: Available in the District at Superfresh, Whole Foods Market Glover Park; on the list at Agraria, Bombay Club, City Club, CityZen, Ezme, Jack’s, Meiwah, PS 7’s, Vento. Pinnacles in Maryland: Available at Old Farm Liquors in Frederick, Pine Orchard Wine in Ellicott City, Richburn Discount Liquors in Columbia; Staples Corner Liquors in Gambrills.

Mt. Beautiful Pinot Noir 2009

**1 / 2

North Canterbury, New Zealand, $24

Light in color, this intriguing wine is at first reticent with its aromas, but pay it a little attention and it offers up exotic perfumes of wood spice to accent its silky texture and red fruit flavors.

Winebow: Available in the District at Ace Beverage, Pearson’s, Rodman’s, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill. Available beginning Sunday in Virginia.

Mud House Pinot Noir 2008

**1 / 2

Central Otago, New Zealand, $23

Cola flavors embrace a soft mouth feel and cheery cherry fruit. It is tightly wound and will reward a few more years in bottle. Or save some to drink the next night: It gets better.

J.W. Sieg: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, MacArthur Beverages. Available in Virginia at Galloping Grape in Warrenton.

Over the Edge Pinot Noir 2009/2010


Martinborough, New Zealand, $17

This easygoing pinot offers silky texture and flavors of spiced cherries and strawberries, in a “fruit-forward” style. The wholesaler recently switched to the 2010 vintage, so both are available.

Meadowbank/Bacchus: Available in the District at Bacchus Wine Cellar, Burka’s Wine & Liquor, Calvert Woodley, Harry’s Reserve Fine Wine & Spirits, MacArthur Beverages, Paul’s of Chevy Chase; on the list at 701, Mie N Yu, Souk. Available in Maryland at Wine Source in Baltimore; on the list at Bistro St. Michaels in St. Michaels.

Villa Maria Private Bin Pinot Noir 2008

*1 / 2

Marlborough, New Zealand, $20

It’s straightforward and pleasant, with spicy cherry flavors and nice balance.

Republic National: Available in the District at Kogod Liquor, Manhattan Market, Press Liquors, Sherry’s Fine Wine & Spirits. Available in Virginia at Harris Teeter in Manassas; on the list at Cassatt’s Kiwi Cafe in Arlington, Trummer’s on Main in Clifton, Woodstock Cafe in Woodstock. Available in Maryland at Hilltop Wine & Spirits in Bowie, Staples Corner Liquors in Gambrills, Urbana Liquors and Trout Liquors in Frederick.


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Prices are approximate. Check to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.