Photo by photos by Kelly Roberts

Photo by photos by Kelly Roberts

Domaine Chandon 2008 Pinot Meunier, Carneros

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Domaine Chandon 2008 Pinot Meunier, Carneros, $24:

Expansive aromas of lavender, plum and red cherry escape from the glass of this ruby wine with hints of nutmeg and minerality playing a supporting role. Luscious flavors of cherry, raspberry and boysenberry are immediately evident, while subtle earthiness, bramble and an appealing caramel characteristic develops in the finish.

Where to find it:

Sienna restaurant in El Dorado Hills (, The Cellar Wine Bar in old Folsom and El Dorado Hills ( and Total Wine & More in Roseville (

What to eat with this wine:

Seared scallops with white corn risotto, wild mushrooms, crispy bacon, porcini mushroom demi glace and white truffle oil.

Mark Fucci is the director of operations of Sienna New American Grill in El Dorado Hills and Land Ocean New American Steakhouse in Folsom.