Matt Walker

Location: Northridge, CA

I am a Certified Specialist of Wine and uncertified Wine Geek! As a Snoother, I hope to raise awareness for smaller, lesser-known but quality driver producers. Major regions I specialize in include Washington, California, Tuscany, Bordeaux, and the Douro

Wines Less Traveled: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is likely the most difficult grape to make into great wine at any price point, in any place.  Even the best producers fall short a fair amount of time.  That being said, well made/well placed Pinot may also offer up the some of the greatest high points of the wine world.  Few grapes offer such diverse flavors running the gamut of nearly all berry fruits to spices to earth to chemicals to cherry cola.  Once again this list will focus on lesser known producers offering up great price-to-value wines from some of the best locations for this most frusrating and exciting of grapes.

5. Cobblestone Pinot Noir Martinborough Te Muna (2009)

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Previously available for $60.00
This wine is intriguing because of its seeming tendency to blend the lines of New World and Burgundy, Delicacy and Boldness, Elegance and Power. This wine has a big core of red plum and cherries but it also shows delicate forest floor and flowers. Its full bodied yet never felt heavy, in fact just the opposite. The wine's balance seems so precarious that anything different in winery or vintage would've thrown it all out of whack. Thankfully, though, it seems everything was done right and the wine came out harmonious!
 
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