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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. $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


  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. $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. $19.99

This vintage of Carneros Pinot Noir is presented with a lovely ruby color. Aromatic spices awaken the nose with bright raspberry, red currant, and pomegranate. Rich complex layers of fruit and spice fill the mouth with notes of mature cherries. An ... more
Sku: 025416


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. $32.99

  Sku: P57967


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 regionís 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


Reg. $25.99
On Sale $23.99

Tous Ensemble, “all togetherĒ in French, is a series of approachable wines that are perfect for every occasion, every palate, and every day of the week.Copainís 2011 Pinot Noir Tous Ensemble offers up sweet candied cherries, tobacco, crushed ... more
Sku: 045064


Reg. $10.99

  Sku: 019644


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