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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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  750ML    
Reg. $14.99
On Sale $11.99

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. $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


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. Delicate pear and floral notes backed by toasty ... 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. $13.99

Scharffenberger Brut Excellence is made by the traditional methode champenoise process, whereby the wines are individually bottle-fermented before being riddled and disgorged. Scharffenberger Brut Excellence is made from its own 120-acre vineyards ... more
Sku: 057271


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. $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


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. $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


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. $23.99

The vineyards that produce this Pinot Noir are located on the remote, southwestern outskirts of the Mendocino National Forest. Here the soils are rich and deep, imparting flavors that hint at the nearby wilderness. Medium-bodied, this wine is a ... more
Sku: 052237


Reg. $13.99

THE SERIES: SONOMA COAST Since 1979, La Crema has crafted the traditional wine varietals of Burgundy in the cool vineyards of the Sonoma Coast. This coastal region’s boundary begins at the Mendocino County border, continues along the western ... more
Sku: 040354


Reg. $44.99

The fruit is beautiful, rich and generous, with juicy blueberry and bright red berry flavors. The ... more
Sku: P57871


  750ML      
Reg. $17.99

Formerly known as the Mumm Napa Blanc de Noirs release, our Brut Rosé offers a bouquet of ripe Pinot Noir fruit, rich with black cherry and strawberry notes. Part of the wine is initially fermented in the press, producing the soft fruity character ... more
Sku: 002411


Reg. $8.99

  Sku: 051082


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