Pinot Noir - November 2010

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Pinot Noir - November 2010 Pinot Noir is an easy go-to wine for Thanksgiving, but with so many styles on the market can every one really be an ideal match? That, of course, is a very personal decision, and while I’ve tasted three dozen or so Pinot for this review -- and yes, they are almost all West Coast versions -- I can’t say that I think Pinot is the universal solution.

What I can happily say is that I found many wines that I really enjoyed. I’m going to be listing my favorites from this tasting and I want you to know that I enjoyed all of these wines. In fact, allow me to go so far as to say I enjoyed these wines the most out of the entire line-up, even though this is not simply the highest-rated wines. Simply put, they are the wines I enjoyed the most.

Why, you ask? Well, it’s simple: these are all wines made in a style that works for me. I’m sure others will disagree. At least I hope so, since this is not the be all and end all in wine recommendations, but each and every one of these wines delivers pleasure. And, if you ask me, that’s what wine appreciation is all about.

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  • Snooth User: ewine19
    502923 13

    REALLY wish there was a list at the beginning or end of these articles so I could just copy, paste, print and bring it to my wine shop!

    Nov 17, 2010 at 12:55 PM

  • Snooth User: jeffpd
    55803 2

    Boy, I agree, that would be nice!

    Nov 17, 2010 at 3:19 PM

  • Snooth User: jeffpd
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    2007 Domaine Drouhin Dundee Hills Pinot Noir Laurene
    2007 Freeman Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir Akiko’s Cuvée
    2007 Soter Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir Mineral Springs Ranch Estate
    2008 Twomey Santa Barbara Pinot Noir
    2008 Lange Winery Dundee Hills Pinot Noir Lange Estate Vineyard
    2007 Alma Rosa Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills
    2007 Belle Pente Yamhill-Carlton Pinot Noir Estate Reserve
    2006 Vergari Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir Van der Kamp Vineyard
    2009 Valley of the Moon Carneros Pinot Noir
    2007 Gainey Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir
    2008 Ponzi Tavola Willamette Pinot Noir Tavola
    2007 Harvest Moon Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

    Nov 17, 2010 at 3:25 PM

  • Snooth User: ewine19
    502923 13

    What an angel!

    Nov 17, 2010 at 3:29 PM

  • Yup, I'm one of these "list" guys too. Thanks for the list, and for your tireless dedication to bringing us wonderful information about the world of wine. Now if you could only get away from having to taste these wines yourself - such drudgery, sacrifice, and unrelenting assault on the nose and tongue cannot be helped, I suppose, but as the saying goes, somebody' got to do it. I'm available to help.

    Nov 17, 2010 at 4:32 PM

  • Snooth User: swinnea
    483269 16

    Thanks Jeff!

    Nov 17, 2010 at 4:36 PM

  • yes! finally - a list! can it be a standard for future articles??

    Nov 17, 2010 at 4:49 PM

  • Snooth User: Catherine Gin
    Hand of Snooth
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    Hi everyone, we're hearing you... and we're here to help! We've put together a one-page article of this slideshow, which includes all the tasting notes for the Pinots that Greg tasted (an impressive 44). You can find it at Or go to the Articles menu and you'll see the link to Pinot Noir Review.

    @ewine19 No need to copy and paste - the one-page review is printer- and wine shop-friendly. Enjoy.

    @jeffpd Thanks for putting together your list and the help!

    @letomasetti Yep, we're trying to put together a full-page article for many of our slideshows, and just started doing this a few days ago. You can usually click through to the last slide of the slideshow to find the link to the article. (A fast way to do this is to click the far right slide until you reach the end.)

    Nov 17, 2010 at 7:31 PM

  • Hmmm - purely as a European, you understand, but over this side of the pond we do rather rate Burgundies when it comes to Pinot Noir...

    Nov 18, 2010 at 4:06 AM

  • Agree with the last comment. And what about New Zealand, some of the finest New World Pinots in the world?

    Nov 18, 2010 at 4:31 AM

  • I agree totally with the spirit of the article that PN is the wine for a traditional turkey meal. Growing up in England that would be Christmas, and it was always a Burgundy. No other wine does better despite what is written. While nothing will ever top the best of the Burgundians, I think that the usually slightly riper American style may work better with the sweeter elements of the meal; and certainly for the price.

    Nov 18, 2010 at 9:03 AM

  • Snooth User: mcarbin
    508074 7

    for a list to print -- go to the Pinot Noir Review slide and click on the link to view it as one page. You can print it in that format. A little verbose but serves your purpose...

    Nov 18, 2010 at 10:25 AM

  • Snooth User: lanbar
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    How about an afordable PN, say $10

    Nov 20, 2010 at 10:50 AM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    Hi Lan, here is a recent tasting of affordable Pinots

    Nov 20, 2010 at 2:09 PM

  • Want to try a VERY SPECIAL Pinot? Try Talisman out of Sonoma. They're making wine from a variety of select acres from around the coastel regions in California that is "cult like". I was sold at first taste! Red Dog, Hawk Hill, Thorn Ridge are some of our favorites. Not the least expensive juice out there however at $49.00 a bottle, but certainly worth it.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all fellow wine lovers.

    Ross Baxter - Soldotna Alaska

    Nov 22, 2010 at 3:34 PM

  • Snooth User: ecowper
    152156 191

    The Alma Rosa Sta Rita Pinot Noir is really pretty fantastic. My wife and I first discovered Alma Rosa on our honeymoon, fell in love with the wine and the location and joined the club. I can't recommend it enough if you like Santa Barbara Pinots.

    Nov 22, 2010 at 4:05 PM

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