Also recommended: 2006 Pinot Gris Mornington Peninsula (86). (Zeal Wine Imports, San Francisco, CA)
($23) Pale red. Spiced cherry, plum and redcurrant aromas are complicated by dried flowers and musky herbs; this really smells like pinot! Clean and brisk, with tangy red berry and cherry flavors and an intriguing note of cracked pepper. Impressively elegant, spicy pinot with a juicy, long aftertaste. And a terrific deal.
($20; a 95/5 blend) Dark red. Ripe red and dark berry scents accented by fresh flowers. Tart red berry flavors are focused and pure, with good depth but fairly light in body. A distinctly elegant style, with nice balance and crisp minerality on the back.