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The Napa Cellars 2010 Pinot Noir is luxury you can afford. It runs about $18 and comes off the cooler vineyards in southern Napa close to San Pablo Bay. This baby is so aromatic, rich and delicious — you know what you are getting when you just swirl the glass and inhale. Winemaker Joe Shirley … Continue Reading →
The Estancia Pinot Noir from Monterey is a garnet beauty that tastes like a mouthful of cherry crisp, studded with raspberries, spiced with nutmeg and streaked with caramel and dark chocolate.
Landmark Grand Detour Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2010, $40: Landmark Chardonnays are benchmarks in the Sonoma Valley, and now the Landmark Grand Detour Pinot Noir is building a stellar reputation of its own. This one is brimming with dark cherries, strawberries, dark plums, chocolate and notes of brown cooking spices. It’s voluptuous with its silky … Continue Reading →
Cono Sur Pinot Noir 2011, $9-$12: This is one of the prettiest Pinots you will find at this price. Adolfo Hurtado, winemaker and the face of this fabulous property in southern Chile, produces the most Pinot Noir of any winery in the country. This one has good balance, with lovely ripe fruit flavors (cherries, strawberries, … Continue Reading →
Wrap your hands around a bottle of Pali Wine Co. Pinot Noir — OK, Pali’s affordable appellation-specific wines. The ones around the $20 mark. Not $40-$50. The 2010 Pali “Huntington Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County is a siren of cherries, raspberries, dark chocolate and vanilla. It melts in the mouth. It fills the palate … Continue Reading →
Parducci Small Lot Blend Pinot Noir 2009, California, $11-$14: This old, legendary label has undergone a total makeover in the hands of owners Tom and Tim Thornhill and Paul Dolan. On a quest to be the greenest winery in theU.S., it is the country’s first carbon neutral winery, meaning no greenhouse gases are emitted. … Continue Reading →