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, Freestone
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Joseph Phelps, Freestone, Sonoma County 2010

Joseph Phelps, Freestone, Sonoma County 2010
18pts/20 (93/100pts)
Sweet, poised, elegant nose. Lean and refined, quite oaky but lifted and elegant; understated but packed with flavour. Good length.
Price £42 Private Cellar
Drink 2013–2020
Alc 13.5%