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Innocent Bystander Victoria Pinot Noir 2009

by Nannette Eaton on May 16, 2011

“I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.” — Anaïs Nin

Label for Innocent Bystander. An impressionist rendering of a man in a hat, backlit and paint splatters

The Innocent Bystander Victoria Pinot Noir 2009 may not be naïve or innocent, but it is a fresh young thing. This is a bright red wine with flavors of cherries, and a mix of red, black and blue berries. It’s not a classic Oregon pinot, it’s lighter and fresher wine. Great for summer barbaques.  The perfect pairing is Rosemary Lamb Cutlets with Roasted Potato & White Bean. The music match “Her Morning Elegance” by Oren Lavie from the album The Opposite Side of the Sea.

Cover of Oren Lavies' Opposite Side of the Ocean & Her morning elegance. A man in a suit with a briefcase is walking out of the ocean

The details: 13.5% alcohol. Screw-cap closure. Appellation: Victoria. Varietal: pinot noir. Actual retail is about $15 USD. Imported to the US by Old Bridge Cellars. This wine was a media sample provided by Banfi for the Wine Communicators of Australia and Rick Bakas Community Wine Tastings coordinated by Mastermind Consulting.