18 top Californian Pinot Noirs

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From an auspicious start in the 1970s, Californian winemakers learned from the Burgundy masters and fine-tuned their style. Price and availability outside of the US is an issue, but many are well worth seeking out. See Stephen Brook's top 18 Californian Pinot Noirs as featured in Decanter's California 2013 guide here...
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Californian pinot noir, Au Bon Climat
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Au Bon Climat, Sanford & Benedict, Santa Ynez 2009

Au Bon Climat, Sanford & Benedict, Santa Ynez 2009
18pts/20 (93/100pts)
Ripe raspberry nose,. Concentrated, dense and chewy without being heavy. Vivacious, spicy finish. Long.
Price £39 AG Wines, Bordeaux Index, Fine & Rare, Swig, The Old Vicarage, The Wine Society, Woodwinters
Drink 2013–2022
Alc 13.5%

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