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Southern Oregon wine of the week: Irvine Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir

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Irvine Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir

Vineyard: Fortmiller Vineyard in Talent

Winemaker: Linda Donovan

Recognition: Southern Oregon World of Wine Festival double gold

Price: $45

Pairs with: Salmon, lighter meats and most anything grilled.

Tasting notes: 100 percent pinot noir delivers earthy qualities, dark cherry, cardamom, cocoa and a savory touch of Chinese 5 spice. The 2010 Pinot Noir ($35) won a silver medal at WOW and is more available.

Read more about wine in the Mail Tribune's Food section.

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