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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