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A Pleasant Surprise

California vintners overcome a difficult 2008 to make elegant Pinot Noirs
James Laube
Issue: September 30, 2010

Golden State Pinot Noir producers aren't likely to be clamoring for another growing season like 2008. No thank you, they'll pass. A hard spring frost-the worst in decades-damaged many vineyards, and the growing season stumbled off to an uneven start on account of the cold weather. The summer had its difficulties as well, with smoke from forest fires plaguing most regions.

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