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Pinot Noir is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult varietal to cultivate and vinify. The grape's tendency to produce tightly packed clusters makes it susceptible to several viticultural hazards, and the thin-skins and low levels of phenolic compounds result in mostly lightly colored, medium-bodied, low-tannin wines. The tremendously broad range of bouquets, flavors, textures and impressions that Pinot noir can produce lends to its overall popularity but also to its misunderstanding. In the broadest terms, the wine tends to display aromas reminiscent of black and/or red cherry, raspberry and to a lesser extent currant and many other fine small red and black berry fruits. Traditional Pinot Noir is famous for its savory fleshiness and 'farmyard' aromas, but changing fashions, modern winemaking techniques, and new easier-to-grow clones have favored a lighter, more fruit-prominent, cleaner style.

Like many other red varietals, the character of the wine depends heavily on where the grapes are grown and how they are vinified, and these distinctions are largely reflected in a New World/Old World dichotomy. The Burgundy region in France, Pinot Noir's place of origin, is renowned for producing the most complex, ageworthy, and esoteric versions. These can range from dark, brooding, densely tannic wines to light, ethereally elegant wines of intensely perfumed character. Fruit profiles often differ as well, but the common denominator in all Burgundy Pinot Noir is the essence of the place in which it grows, coined as the term terroir. The finest examples, after years of proper aging, display haunting aromas and flavors that defy description using refrences of common reference points. The grape has also found highly unique expression in the vineyards of Germany, where it's known as Spätburgund. From the steep slopes of the Ahr Valley to the rolling, pastorl hills of the Pfalz, the country is producing wines with notably vibrant fruit and deep savory character, but also a rugged edge in which the stamp of terroir is also evident.

New World styles of Pinot Noir also vary in their specifics, but in general they are built on a bright, expressive fruit profile. California has several regions that excel with the varietal, most famously the Sonoma Coast AVA and its sub-AVA Russian River Valley. The wines typically display exuberant red cherry and strawberry notes along with the occasional savory spice elements. While these are cool climates by New World standards, Pinot Noir still achieves more consistent ripeness and more viscosity and body as a result. The AVAs of Santa Barbara County also produce outstanding versions with more concentrated savory profile, while Mendocino County's wines tend toward the dark-fruited, earthy profile. Oregon's Willamette Valley is perhaps the most old school of the New WOrld profiles, where fruit is less pronounced and an herbacious forest floor component imparts a touch of terroir on the wines. Perhaps the most exciting New World Pinot Noir wines are now coming from New Zealand, where the Central Otago and Martinborough regions are producing wines of dark fruit character with essentially cool-climate structure and texture, an intriguing, if non-traditional, combination.

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Approachable and bright, this complex Pinot Noir opens with aromas of Bing cherry, cola and boysenberry. On the palate, notes of rich red fruit are supported by hints of oak and are accentuated by soft, silky tannins. The finish is clean and lush with hints of minerality, herbs and vanilla. This… ...
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Kali Hart (Talbott) Pinot Noir Monterey County Estate 2017  (#334640)

Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California

Approachable and bright, this complex Pinot Noir opens with aromas of Bing cherry, cola and boysenberry. On the palate, notes of rich red fruit are supported by hints of oak and are accentuated by soft, silky tannins. The finish is clean and lush…

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87 points Wine & Spirits: [$23 list] This well-priced pinot has a warm cherry scent tinged by sleek oak flavors. The texture, while oak driven at present, has a mild cherry succulence. 2,000 cases. (Aug 2017) ...
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RouteStock Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Route 99W 2015  (#331354)

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon

87 points Wine & Spirits: [$23 list] This well-priced pinot has a warm cherry scent tinged by sleek oak flavors. The texture, while oak driven at present, has a mild cherry succulence. 2,000 cases. (Aug 2017)

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92 points James Suckling: Fragrant red cherries and strawberries here with a sappy and gently herbal edge. The freshness really appeals. There’s a very focused, strawberry and cherry-flavored palate with lithe, juicy tannins delivered in attractive style. Drink now. (11/30/18) ...
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Sokol Blosser Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Evolution 2017  (#335048)

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon

92 points James Suckling: Fragrant red cherries and strawberries here with a sappy and gently herbal edge. The freshness really appeals. There’s a very focused, strawberry and cherry-flavored palate with lithe, juicy tannins delivered in attractive…

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Produced entirely from Pinot Noir grapes grown in Coastal San Luis Obispo County, combining both purchased and estate grown fruit, this wine is bottled before the next harvest to preserve the charm and fresh red fruit flavors that distinguish the varietal. Aromas of Bing cherries, dried cranberry… ...
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Bishop's Peak (Talley) Pinot Noir San Luis Obispo County 2017  (#334874)

Pinot Noir from San Luis Obispo County, Central Coast, California

Produced entirely from Pinot Noir grapes grown in Coastal San Luis Obispo County, combining both purchased and estate grown fruit, this wine is bottled before the next harvest to preserve the charm and fresh red fruit flavors that distinguish the…

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90 points Wine & Spirits: With a piecrust-lees scent and flavors of cherry pie, this wine has a nervous energy in its acidity, and light, firm tannins that will make a good foil for braised rabbit. (Oct 2019) ...
W&S 90
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Maison L'Envoye Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Straight Shooter 2017  (#334951)

Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon

90 points Wine & Spirits: With a piecrust-lees scent and flavors of cherry pie, this wine has a nervous energy in its acidity, and light, firm tannins that will make a good foil for braised rabbit. (Oct 2019)

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90 points Wine Enthusiast: The aromas bring notes of milk chocolate, spice and red fruit, along with high-toned vanilla accents. The fruit and barrel flavors are plush and full, while still showing a lovely sense of balance. Alcohol 14.5%. (May 2017) ...
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Chateau Ste Michelle Merlot Columbia Valley Indian Wells 2014  (#328960)

Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington

90 points Wine Enthusiast: The aromas bring notes of milk chocolate, spice and red fruit, along with high-toned vanilla accents. The fruit and barrel flavors are plush and full, while still showing a lovely sense of balance. Alcohol 14.5%. (May 2017)

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Sourced from Monterey County, this wine has a dark ruby color with a great nose of cherry, cola, and a wonder floral component. Flavors of cherry, cola, plum, herb, are intermixed with lovely acid to keep it fresh, lively, and not too heavy. While this is a juicy and upfront wine, this has the… ...
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Jackhammer Pinot Noir Monterey County 2016  (#333180)

Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California

Sourced from Monterey County, this wine has a dark ruby color with a great nose of cherry, cola, and a wonder floral component. Flavors of cherry, cola, plum, herb, are intermixed with lovely acid to keep it fresh, lively, and not too heavy. While…

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89 points Wine Spectator: Perfumed, with dried rose petal and lavender notes up front that give way to a linear, focused expression of cherry and raspberry flavors at the core. Fresh herb accents emerge on the taut finish. Drink now through 2028. (6/30/18) ...
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Fowles Pinot Noir Victoria Farm to Table 2017  (#702122)

Pinot Noir from Victoria, Australia

89 points Wine Spectator: Perfumed, with dried rose petal and lavender notes up front that give way to a linear, focused expression of cherry and raspberry flavors at the core. Fresh herb accents emerge on the taut finish. Drink now through 2028. (6…

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The red fruit brightens across the palate, picking up raspberry and spice are balance by the French toasted oak aromas. Soft and silky through the middle, this wine crescendo on the finish leaves a vibrant, juicy memory in the mouth, with proper acidity and a pleasant mouthfeel. ...
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Poppy Pinot Noir Monterey County 2016  (#333474)

Pinot Noir from Monterey, Central Coast, California

The red fruit brightens across the palate, picking up raspberry and spice are balance by the French toasted oak aromas. Soft and silky through the middle, this wine crescendo on the finish leaves a vibrant, juicy memory in the mouth, with proper…

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91 points James Suckling: Fragrant with a ton of floral and sour-cherry aromas, this is a really delicious, fresh pinot noir with good depth, but modest tannins and a long, fresh finish. Drink now. Screw cap. (4/5/19) ...
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Leyda Pinot Noir Leyda Valley 2018  (#702436)

Pinot Noir from Maipo Valley, Central Valley, Chile

91 points James Suckling: Fragrant with a ton of floral and sour-cherry aromas, this is a really delicious, fresh pinot noir with good depth, but modest tannins and a long, fresh finish. Drink now. Screw cap. (4/5/19)

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This inky, ruby-red wine opens with fruity black cherry on the nose and light aromas of toasted oak. The mouthfeel is round and full bodied with silky tannins. The wine has great concentration with bright flavors of blackberry, espresso, and mocha. ...
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Clos du Bois Merlot Alexander Valley Sonoma Reserve 2014  (#334089)

Merlot from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California

This inky, ruby-red wine opens with fruity black cherry on the nose and light aromas of toasted oak. The mouthfeel is round and full bodied with silky tannins. The wine has great concentration with bright flavors of blackberry, espresso, and mocha.

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This Unbridled Pinot Noir is fruit driven with rhubarb and cherry followed by underlying aromas of anise and white pepper. The mouthfeel is full with elegant tannin structure and acidity that carries the rich, fruity character through to the finish. Pair this seriously delicious wine with wild… ...
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Wild Horse Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County Unbridled 2014  (#334079)

Pinot Noir from Santa Barbara County, Central Coast, California

This Unbridled Pinot Noir is fruit driven with rhubarb and cherry followed by underlying aromas of anise and white pepper. The mouthfeel is full with elegant tannin structure and acidity that carries the rich, fruity character through to the finish.…

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