Loads of strawberries, plus sage and red clay, waft up on the nose. Strawberries of every kind, from plump and ripe served with cream to tiny, wild, and tart, to dried, come through in layers on the palate. Sage gives way to clove and a touch of cinnamon from attack to mid-palate, and strawberry-rhubarb, sweet and tart, lingers on the finish. This is fresh and fruity, with some acid zing. It pairs beautifully with crispy roast pork. Highly Recommended. 91 points. DBH

WHO: Palit
WHAT: Pinot Noir
DESIGNATION: Huntington
WHERE: California, Central Coast, Santa Barbara County
HOW MUCH: $24 (media sample)