Seven Great California Pinot Noirs to Try This Year

Forbes, By Katie Kelly Bell The wonderful world of California pinot noir is as dazzling as ever as winemakers from regions such as the Sonoma Coast, Santa Barbara and Anderson Valley continue to produce elegant, vivid examples of this beguiling grape. Frankly, they just get better every year, and more expensive, unfortunately. At this point, they are still cheaper than world-class Burgundies of similar caliber, so stock the cellar while you can. Or enjoy your own Carpe Vinum moment and plan a dinner at home, with a beautiful piece of salmon and pop the cork on any one of these wines below. 2012 De Coelo Pinot Noir Terra Neuma-–This biodynamically farmed winery consistently crafts some of my favorite California pinot noirs. The wines are layered, complex and rich without being over-the-top in alcohol or weight. Elegance and restraint are the watchwords with this wine, silky with dark berry notes, warm spices. This is a wine from the Benziger family—leaders in sustainability and biodynamic farming practices. Find full article here: