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New World single vineyard Pinot Noir: Panel tasting results

While some top regions were under-represented, the many higher-scorers showed good varietal character and regional individuality, and there were few disappointments, as Tina Gellie and Dirceu Vianna Junior MW report...

James Doidge, Roger Jones and Dirceu Vianna Junior MW tasted 100 wines with one exceptional, six outstanding and 43 highly recommended.

Entry criteria: New World producers and UK agents were invited to submit their latest-release, 100% Pinot Noir still red wines produced from grapes from a single vineyard

The verdict

While ‘Pinot Noir’ on the wine label is enough of a lure for most wine lovers, what unique selling point do the additional words ‘single vineyard’ provide?


Top 50 wines in the New World single vineyard Pinot Noir panel tasting



See all wines from the panel tasting here

The judges

James Doidge
Doidge has been involved in the wine trade for his entire career. In 2002 he became managing director and buyer for The Wine Treasury, a London-based importer specialising in New World wineries, with a particular focus on partnerships with top producers in California, Oregon and Washington State.

Roger Jones
Jones owns award-winning restaurant The Harrow at Little Bedwyn, together with his wife Sue. Both a wine critic and Michelin-starred chef, he frequently visits Australia to promote food and wine pairing, and set up The Tri Nations Wine Challenge to promote wines from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

Dirceu Vianna Junior MW
Originally from Brazil, Vianna studied forest engineering and law, before moving to London, where he began to work in the wine trade in 1990. In 2008, he became the first South American male to obtain the title Master of Wine. He now works as a wine writer, educator, technical consultant and competition judge.

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