Reaching New Heights

California Pinot Noir excels in the 2018 and 2019 vintages

Reaching New Heights
The 2018 and 2019 Pinot Noirs from California show great quality from across the state. (Dawn Heumann)
From the Sep 30, 2021, issue

Pinot Noir has hit a new pinnacle in California, powered by the high quality of the 2018 and 2019 vintages, both of which feature impressive single-vineyard bottlings from multiple regions. Get Wine Spectator senior editor Kim Marcus’s recent tasting report, complete with scores and tasting notes for top wines and top value picks from across the Golden State.

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