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California Pinot Noir

For many years, people didn't think you could make great Pinot Noir in California. Have those people ever been proven wrong!

The biggest thing people had to get over was thinking that all Pinot Noir had to taste like Burgundy. It turns out that you can have absolutely delicious Pinot Noir that tastes nothing like Burgundy, and that there are some great places for growing Pinot Noir in California.

You have to look for the coolest climates - the Sonoma Coast, Carneros (just off San Pablo Bay), the Russian River Valley and the hills above Santa Barbara are the types of places creating great Pinot Noir. These areas allow Pinot Noir have enough hang time (not ripening too quickly) to develop great flavors. 

Look at Iron Horse, in the Green Valley, or Handley, in the Anderson Valley, for the kind of elegance Pinot Noir is capable of. Look to Saintsbury for a Pinot with the earthy, mushroomy flavors that make Pinot Noir such a versatile food wine. And Flowers will show you all the power and concentration that California winemakers can get from this most finicky grape.

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Reg. $10.99

The fruit for this Pinot Noir is primarily from the Delta region of California and is fermented in closed-top fermenters. A small portion is aged in seasoned barrels to impart slight oak characteristics to the wine, but most is kept in stainless ... more
Sku: 041563


  750ML    
Reg. $14.99

The mouth of this wine is a stunning example of what Pinot Noir can be-rich, complex, yet full of bright fruitiness and spice. The predominant characters follow the nose-dark bramble-berry fruit, along with some bright cherry notes, toasty oak and a  more
Sku: 008515


Reg. $24.99
On Sale $19.99

This dark ruby colored Pinot opens with a fragrant red raspberry bouquet with a hint of smoky oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, easy going and approachable. The flavor profile is a tasty red currant and black raspberry blend ... more
Sku: 043662


  750ML        
Reg. $17.99

Delicate pear and floral notes backed by toasty almond. On the palate, one finds lively citrus, toast and apple flavors overlaid with persistent effervescence, a creamy mid-palate and toasty finish. This wine shows lots of finesse for the price. ... more
Sku: 002407


Reg. $21.99

This wine is just easy to drink. Whether with fresh grilled salmon or left-over roast chicken or just in a glass by itself, the pretty plum and spring strawberry flavors of ABC SB PN are simply delicious. There is nothing pretentious here, just well  more
Sku: 006685


Reg. $26.99

Tous Ensemble, “all together” in French, is a series of approachable wines that are perfect for every occasion, every palate, and every day of the week.... more
Sku: 045064


Reg. $13.99

A delightfully racy sparkler, with tart apple and floral anise aromas leading to zesty lime and lemon flavors, presenting accents of cinnamon and spicy ginger. Drink now. 25,000 cases made. From California. T.F. Scharffenberger Brut Excellence is ... more
Sku: 057271


  750ML    
Reg. $21.99

Deep, rich garnet color. The wine opens up with aromas of ripe berries, fresh cranberry, candy apple and malted vanilla, some of which carries through to the palate. There's a hint of Granny Smith apple on first sip that beautifully balances out the  more
Sku: 044730


Reg. $34.99

For this vintage,we limited barrel aging to twelve months in order to accentuate ripe cherry aromas and flavors with toasted oak and spice beneath.In the mouth the wine is firm yet velvety,with lingering flavors.While drinking nicely now,it should ... more
Sku: 212566


Reg. $13.99

Pinot noir can be one of those grapes that at a low cost tends to be drab since the tannins are light to nonexistent. But this light-weight wine is filled with raspberry and a touch of smoke. It's a delightful wine for the price. Think light but ... more
Sku: 018775


Reg. $34.99

Markedly cooler and foggier than the rest of the Russian River appellation, the Green Valley is a haven for Burgundian-style varietals. Well-drained Gold Ridge soil, warm afternoons and nights cooled by lingering Pacific fog yield Pinot Noir and ... more
Sku: 022187


Reg. $24.99

The 2011 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir opens with lovely, vibrant aromas of cherry pie and sassafras, supported by subtle earth tones and hints of rose petal and vanilla. Vibrant pomegranate and cranberry join in on the palate, with notes of black ... more
Sku: 213326


Reg. $17.99

The Monterey vineyards where the grapes for our Silver Label Pinot Noir are grown offer ideal sun exposure that ensures ripe fruit for us to make a rich, complex, and extremely fruity Pinot Noir. Alluring plum and spice aromas lead to black cherry, ... more
Sku: 012867


Reg. $9.99

Deep, dark rose in color, this stylish Pinot Noir starts off with ripe cherry and red berry aromas. Lush and complex on the palate, this wine shows off juicy strawberry jam and red berry flavors. And just a dash of nutmeg spice. These ripe fruit ... more
Sku: 045032


Reg. $7.99

Produced from fruit that abounds with intense fruit and rich aromas. By ”cold-soaking” the crushed grapes and fermenting at moderate temperatures, bright fruit flavors are extracted from the grape, without harsh tannins. This Pinot Noir is a ... more
Sku: 055052


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