Pinot Noir $50 and Up!

Serious Pinot at the top of the ladder


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Pinot Noir $50 and Up! I've been drinking my way up the Pinot ladder, and have finally come to the top. The few bottles at $50 plus that people are willing to submit as samples. There are several arguments as to why so few samples get submitted at this price point.

One goes that there is just too little wine and too much demand, so producers shouldn't even bother. I can see that, if it's true. Another argument goes that producers have already convinced people to pony up big time for these wines, so they shouldn't risk getting low scores and damaging their brand.

I'll let you decide which you prefer, but I'll go on record as saying that we aren't in Burgundy folks! Yes, stating the obvious is a great way to redirect the dialog here, but the truth of the matter is that while you have some reasonable expectation of an increase in the satisfaction a bottle of Burgundy gives you as you jump from say $40 to $60, the same does not really hold true for domestic Pinot Noir. That may be because $40 Burgundy is crappy, or it may just be a bit of limit as to how good domestic Pinot can be. Again, I'll leave it up to you, but here are some of the more impressive of these most expensive Pinots.

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  • Snooth User: EMark
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    Wow it looks like you had fun tasting the >$50 Pinots. The lowest score was 90. I even think I can find some of these. If I do, your opinion will encourage me to invest the coin.

    Nov 29, 2011 at 7:30 PM

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