California Pinot Noir $35-$45

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California Pinot Noir $35-$45 This is a packed field in California, and it could be argued that there is not a lot of value at this price point. In truth, I sometimes wonder how California Pinot producers have gotten away with charging so much for so many of their wines. With increased vineyard production coming online as well as serious pressures on pricing, it’s nice to see how the quality level around $40 has crept up over the past several years.

With flavors that have typically been darker than Oregon Pinots and textures more weighty, I was a little surprised to see how the best of California have learned from their fellow winemakers to the north. There seems to be a return to elegance and depth in place of power and fruitiness among many California producers. I’m not saying that’s the only way to go, everyone should be able to find wines that suit their palate. I’m just saying that that is where my palate lies, and if I am paying a premium for wine, I would prefer that premium to be elegance and finesse. Power can come cheaply and easily, elegance is always elusive and a delight when found.

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  • Snooth User: jerry99
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    Last weekend I went to visit the David Bruce vineyard in Los Gatos, CA. It is in the Santa Cruz mountains and is easy to get to, about 5 miles outside of Los Gatos. There are tastings and sales at the winery. His 2002 Chardonay was excellent and David Bruce 2007 Pinot Noir was on sale for ~28$/bottle and was excellent. It was one of the two or three very good Pinot Noir's I have tasted.

    Dec 01, 2011 at 10:02 AM

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