Top Pinot Noir Picks

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Top Pinot Noir Picks Domestic Pinot Noir is awash with look-alike $40 and up examples. Yes there are some exceptional wines out there, but Pinot Noir’s boom over the past few years has allowed far too many innocuous examples to find buyers simply because it just had to be good, right?

It’s Pinot Noir, we all love Pinot Noir. It’s what they make red Burgundy from for crying out loud, and it’s not as expensive as Burgundy.

Well, sort of. With the ever increasing pricing of many domestic wines, all of a sudden there are some pretty competitive offerings coming not only from Burgundy, but from many other regions as well. New Zealand is a great example. Many domestic producers better watch out or they’re going to get spanked, and stuck with plenty of Pinot to sell. Not at $40 a bottle.

We are introducing our QPR rating for these wines. It is a simple ranking dividing point score by price, offering you another way to compare wines.

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  • Have you tried the Zmor wines by Daniel Moore? He was the winemaker at Martinelli for a long time, and is now making wine under this lable.

    Oct 18, 2011 at 9:29 PM

  • Just finished my last 2006 vintage Kosta last night, a Sonoma. Happilly, I have an allocation from the winery this month. Dans wines are my benchmark for domestic Pinots and with few exceptions they've pretty much ruined me. I would encourage you, based on available funds, to try some of these wines and determine the style you like best. Then, if possible, give one of Kostas' a whirl; you won't be dissapointed.

    Oct 19, 2011 at 10:05 AM

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