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Mandolin Vintners recently released two 2012 varietals that are as elegant and soft as a concerto made for strings.

Grapes for the pinot noir selection ($12) were sourced from Santa Lucia Highlands AVA of vineyards in Monterey County. A combination of high winds, dry days and cool bay fog create the perfect growing conditions for this “finicky” grape. This perfect environment results in a wine with fruit forward flavors and ideal acidity.

After malolactic fermentation the wine slept for eight months in French oak.

It’s garnet hued in the glass with soft notes of strawberry aromas. On the palate, bright cherry, blueberry and raspberry flavors linger with seductive whispers of spice and cedar.

Pour this wine with wild salmon with fresh dill sauce or grilled lamb chops.

Mandolin’s chardonnay ($10) also comes from Monterey County vineyards where the climate results in an extended growing period and a wine with ideal balance of sugar and acid.

This light straw colored wine has crisp, bold aromas of citrus. On the palate this selection – best served slighted chilled – displays fresh pineapple, baked apple and butter touches.

Enjoy this selection with grilled white fish, roast chicken with rosemary or a salty hard cheese and a plate of figs.

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