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Americas Pinot Noir: Panel tasting results

The premium level, £30 plus, is where Pinot really gets into its quality stride. Here is the first of our two reports on an impressive New World tasting.

Anne Krebiehl MW, Justin Knock MW and Dirceu Vianna Junior MW tasted 139 wines, with 2 outstanding, 101 highly recommended and 36 recommended.

Americas Pinot Noir: Panel tasting scores

139 wines tasted

Exceptional 0

Outstanding 2

Highly recommended 101

Recommended 36

Commended 0

Fair 0

Poor 0

Entry criteria: Producers and UK agents were invited to submit their current-release, dry, still 100% Pinot Noir red wines with a minimum retail price of £30 in the UK or equivalent in their domestic market

What a Pinot Noir marathon! In late September in the tasting suite at Decanter’s London offices, we three judges tasted 273 New World Premium Pinot Noirs over three full days, and I do not think any of us had ever reviewed such a comprehensive selection before.

Scroll down to see tasting notes and scores from the Americas Pinot Noir panel tasting

Americas Pinot Noir: Panel tasting scores

The judges

Anne Krebiehl MW is a widely published writer, award-winning author and lecturer with a particular focus, among others, on Pinot Noir and traditional- method sparkling wines from around the globe.

Justin Knock MW is director of wine for luxury merchant Decant London, and has a background in winemaking, brand and generic marketing, education, consultancy and fine wine retail. An Australian national, he was a director of the California Wine Institute UK, and is currently a DWWA joint Regional Chair for Australia.

Dirceu Vianna Junior MW is a wine writer, consultant and educator. Based in the UK since 1989, he was a director at some of the UK’s top distributors. After becoming a Master of Wine in 2008, he co-authored the awarded book Conheça Vinhos (‘Understanding Wine’, in Portuguese).

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