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David's Wine Picks - California Pinot Noir

(posted: September 6th, 2019)

Wine glasses filled with red and white wines
In this column, published a couple of times a year, David shares his passion for and expert knowledge of fine wines.

In each post he offers several selections that provide great value.

He identifies wines for drinking now, which ones to put away for several years, and those that are worth enjoying now and laying in a supply for future enjoyment.

Enjoy David's Wine Picks, and let us know if there is something you'd like David to review in a future column.

This Month, Pinot Noir - The Holy Grail Of Wine

What is Pinot Noir wine?

Pinot Noir is one of the noble red grapes behind some of the world's most prized wines. France is the grape's spiritual home, where it's the sole variety used in cellar-worthy red Burgundy. It's also widely planted in the New World, with California, Oregon, and New Zealand producing some of the most prized bottlings. Never very cheap, but with rich cranberry, cherry, and blackberry tones, a special treat with any meal.

Here are a few of the top rated California wines:

Wine Maker and Region Year Rating Price
Brewer-Clifton 3D - Santa Rita Hills 2017 95 $65
Storm Wines Presqu'ile Vineyards - Santa Maria Valley 2016 95 $55
Davis Family Campbell Ranch - Sonoma Coast 2016 94 $65
Kessler-Haak Vineyards - Santa Rita Hills 2015 94 $58
Walt Clos Pepe Vineyard - Santa Rita Hills 2017 94 $75
Walt - Santa Rita Hills 2017 94 $44
Testarossa - Santa Lucia Highlands 2017 92 $51

I promise you if you taste any of my above selections, the flavor will linger creating a fresh and pleasing journey.

Guide to Ratings:

  • 95 - 100 Classic, a great wine
  • 90 - 94 Outstanding, a wine of superior style and character
  • 85 - 89 Very good wine, with special qualities


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