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...
Californian pinot noir, Hanzell
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Hanzell, Sonoma 2008

Hanzell, Sonoma 2008
18pts/20 (93/100pts)
Delicate, mulchy red-fruits nose. Mediumbodied but fresh, concentrated and juicy. Shows depth and subtlety, and has a very long, spicy finish.
Price £56 Goedhuis
Drink 2013–2024
Alc 14.5%

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