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13 California Pinot Noirs

New reviews of Sonoma County Pinots, including outstanding 2008s from Russian River Valley
James Laube
Posted: June 21, 2010


The year 2008 might have been a headache for some Pinot Noir producers. Frost in the spring, in particular, cut the crop. However, while cutting the crop might hurt a given winery’s bottom line, a reduced crop can mean higher quality. Absent a rugged start in some areas that were bit by frost, and some in Mendocino that suffered smoke damage, the 2008s that escaped those issues showed what could be accomplished.

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