9 Winning California Pinot Noirs

The promising 2018 vintage shines, as do late arrivals from 2017, from Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Napa and beyond

9 Winning California Pinot Noirs
Sangiacomo Vineyard at the western base of Sonoma Mountain is one of Sojourn's prime sources for Pinot Noir. (Courtesy of Stevan Nordstrom)
Jan 13, 2020

Pinot Noir lovers have much to celebrate with the first releases of California's 2018 vintage hitting the market. The 2017 vintage was challenging, with late-spring rains and mid-harvest heat waves, but 2018’s relatively cool growing season brought the potential for superb quality. The harvest was also bountiful, which means there should be even more great Pinots available on the shelves. Here we've highlighted a few from recent tastings.

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