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Top Selections from California, Italy, Portugal and Germany

Bruce Sanderson
Issue: March 31, 2011

With 14 different labels of Pinot Noir, California's Brian Loring has spent his career selecting fruit from his favorite growers around the state. Yet it's Loring's broader AVA-based blends of Pinot Noir that deliver the real value from the 2009 vintage. Also, from Friuli to Sicily, we have a group that features a peek at the diversity of Italian wines. Dolcetto is Piedmont's everyday red, and these versions are some of the best from recent tastings. We also have whites that are the ideal accompaniment to the beginning of an evening, either on their own or with little bites of seafood, cheese or Asian snacks. Wine Spectator's senior editor Bruce Sanderson explains.

For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands March 1, 2011.

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