Snooth West Coast Wines of the Year 2010

And the winners are...


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Valley of the Moon Pinot Noir 2009, $20

If we're talking about wines that may not find huge critical acclaim but meet one of my basic rules for ranking them well -- mainly that they are freaking delicious and fun to drink -- then we have to look no further than this somewhat off-center Pinot.

This is fresh, fruity, and seamless with blood orange and herbal tones adding some complexity, but complexity is not the point here. Having fun is, and if you don't have fun with this wine you should see a doctor. Your fun-o-meter is obviously broken.

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  • Snooth User: royedk
    473959 54

    showing Pinot Noir rather than Reisling.

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:20 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:35 PM

  • Snooth User: eag36jr
    685972 6

    how can I order the 12 selections as a case?

    Thanks, Ernie

    Dec 21, 2010 at 4:46 PM

  • Snooth User: Cbil
    377998 1

    Isn't it Torii Mor?

    Dec 21, 2010 at 4:58 PM

  • Great article
    I want to try the Emblem Cab.

    Dec 21, 2010 at 5:15 PM

  • Great Article
    I want to try "Emblem"

    Dec 21, 2010 at 5:24 PM

  • Write your comment here.

    Dec 21, 2010 at 5:26 PM

  • Snooth User: JMH58
    619330 9

    I tried the Chateau Ste Michelle 2008 Indian Wells Cab about a month ago. Immediately tried to buy a case, but it was already sold out in the DC area. Several shippers are now also out. A few have it and get it if you can.

    Dec 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM

  • Snooth User: dangler88
    632036 1

    Just about anything by Ch Ste Michelle is solid these days

    Dec 21, 2010 at 7:28 PM

  • Snooth User: Polly4
    491750 11

    Our Willamette Valley Vineyards Riesling snuck into our store like a thief in the night. Alas, it is all gone after a mere 24 hours!

    Dec 21, 2010 at 10:59 PM

  • Snooth User: Jildaz
    476658 163

    I love your West Coast 2010 choices, but I'm from British Columbia , we are part of the Pacific Northwest and we have wines that merit your attention.
    I really do love your 2010 choices.

    Dec 21, 2010 at 11:21 PM

  • Snooth User: Stewart Mclennan
    Hand of Snooth
    557076 3

    I added a comment to this thread that never made it so I'll try again. I think caveats aside the words top choices and West Coast are misnomers regarding these picks. "A selection of Some good West Coast wines chosen by Me", would perhaps be a more apt if not as headline grabbing a title for these choices. Unfortunately the West Coast is a very large producer of wines and a lot of regions probably were never even factored into this mix. I appreciate Gregory's writing and his choices but feel many great wines and regions were overlooked here. Perhaps that's in part because of the enormity of the task however if you live by the West Coast sword then............

    Dec 22, 2010 at 4:21 PM

  • Snooth User: ausrine
    526520 11

    Yes, Stewart. None of my favorites were mentioned either.

    Jan 04, 2011 at 3:09 PM

  • Snooth User: hogfatt
    623701 18

    Nice, I have one of those Torii Mor "Deux Verres" Reserve Pinot Noir 2008 in my fridge sent from the wine club this year! $$

    Jan 04, 2011 at 6:23 PM

  • Snooth User: MANY 82
    675808 1

    You said "Top 12 West Coast Wine of the year 2010", them you show wine from 2009, 2008 and others not one from 2010.
    I would prefer you tell us what are the wine that you like.
    When I was in San Francisco, I rent a car and visit at list 20 winery, I did not like any. They all taste vinaigrette.
    Them we went to eat in a small Restaurant, that some one recommended,it was run by a husband and wife, I ask the house wine and it was delicious, I ask for the label, I place in my wallet and I ask in many stores and not one had it.
    Dr. Manuel Avellan, PhD

    Jan 04, 2011 at 7:08 PM

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