SONOMA (KCBS) – These two very appealing 2009 pinot noirs, one from the Sonoma Coast and the other from Napa Valley, each have a lush berry aroma perfect for the season and enough tannin to develop much more complexity over the next couple of years.

The 2009 Mac Phail pinot noir from the Sonoma Coast has a medium-deep crimson color. Its aroma offers just a touch of rose petals and bright, ripe raspberries that linger on the palette and lead to a delicious, balanced flavor.

This wine is a perfect match right now for grilled California king salmon, but there’s enough tannin to let it age and become more complex. It’s very fairly priced at $39.

KCBS Food And Wine Editor Narsai David:

The 2009 V. Sattui Winery pinot noir comes from their Henry Ranch in Los Carneros, Napa Valley. The nice, cool climate of Los Carneros stretches across from Napa to Sonoma right up at the north edge of the Bay.

This wine also has a medium-deep red color. Its lush, ripe berry aroma includes raspberries, blackberries, maybe some strawberries touched in with the classic smokiness of pinot noir.

Here’s a beautifully balanced wine with lots of fruit and plenty enough tannin and acid to round it out. Again, I’d love to hold this wine to age a couple years and develop some more complexity. It comes at a very fair price for a Carneros pinot noir at $38.

Narsai David is the KCBS Food and Wine Editor. He has been a successful restaurateur, chef, TV host, and columnist in the Bay Area spanning four decades. You can hear him Saturdays at 10:53am, 12:53pm and 4:53pm, and at 2:53am Sunday on KCBS All News 740AM and 106.9FM

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