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USA: U.S. Pinot Noir

What About U.S. Pinot Noir?
For many (admittedly mad) vintners in various remote locations around the world, Pinot Noir is the Holy Grail. No other wine is so ephemeral—such an enigma. Great Pinot combines an extraordinary bouquet of spice, fruits, and earth, with a sense of lightness—sometimes bordering on frailty—in the mouth. Pinot Noir can indeed be a sensuous if sometimes fleeting experience. While the Cabernet Sauvignon of Bordeaux is all power and weight, Pinot Noir is the epitome of grace and elegance. While Chardonnay, for instance, is grown all over the U.S., Pinot Noir is much pickier. Currently some of the best appellations for U.S. Pinot Noir include Oregon (perhaps destined to be the best of all) and several cool California sites including the Russian River Valley, Carneros, the South Central Coast (Santa Barbara & San Luis Obispo counties), and two micro-appellations in Monterey County: Chalone & Mt. Harlan.

Premier Producers
Adelsheim
Archery Summit
Au Bon Climat
Bernardus
Brick House
David Bruce
Calera (Mills, Reed, Selleck, Jensen)
Cambria (Reserve)
Chehalem (Rion reserve and vineyard designated wines)
Cristom
Dehlinger
Domaine Drouhin (Laurene)
Domaine Serene
El Molino
Elk Cove (Lo Boheme & Windhill)
Evesham Wood
LinCourt
Robert Mondavi (Reserve)
Ponzi (Reserve)
Saintsbury (Reserve)
St. Innocent
Williams-Selyem


Great Producers
Acacia
Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards
Bargetto
Beaulieu (Reserve)
Beaux Freres
Benton Lane
Beringer (Stanly Ranch)
Bouchaine
Broadley
Byington
Cakebread
Calera (Central Coast)
Cambria (Julia’s Vineyard)
Carneros Creek (Estate)
Chalone
Chehalem
Chimére
Cosentino
Cottonwood Canyon
Cristom (Reserve & Louise Vineyard)
De Loach (OFS)
Domaine Carneros
Domaine Drouhin (Regular)
Elk Cove (Regular, Estate Reserve, Roosevelt)
Etude
Eyrie
Gary Farrell
Fiddlehead
Foley
Gainey
Griffin Creek
Gundlach Bundschu
Hanzell
Hargrave
Hartford Court
Kalin
Laetitia
MacRostie
Martinelli
McKinlay
Robert Mondavi (Carneros)
Mount Eden Winery
Nichols
Oak Knoll
Olivet Lane
Panther Creek
Paraiso Springs
Phantom Creek
Ponzi (Regular)
Porter Creek
Rochioli
Sanford
Signorello
Sokol Blosser
Steele
Torii Mor
Tulocay
Wild Horse (Cheval Sauvage)
Wilamette Valley Vineyards (vineyard designated bottling)


Dependable Producers
Amity
Argyle
Babcock
Benziger
Bethel Heights
Davis Bynum
Byron
Castle
Castoro
Chateau St.Jean
Chateau Souverain
Claudia Springs
Clos du Val
De Loach (Regular)
Domaine Chandon
Edmeades
EdnaValley Vineyard
Elkhorn Peak
Erath
Thomas Fogarty
Foxen
Gabrielli
Girardet
Handley
Paul Hobbs
Iron Horse
Kendall-Jackson (Grand Reserve)
La Crema
Laurier
Lazy Creek
Lynmar
Meridian
Robert Mondavi (Napa Valley)
Montinore (Winemaker’s Reserve)
Morgan
Fess Parker (American Tradition Reserve)
Martin Ray
Redhawk
Richardson
Stephen Ross
Schug
Siduri
Silvan Ridge
Stonestreet
Talley
Tualatin (Estate Reserve)
Tyee
Wild Horse (Regular)
Wilamette Valley Vineyards
Witness Tree
Ken Wright
Yamhill Valley Vineyards
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