12 Enchanting California Pinot Noirs Up to 91 Points

New reviews of Golden State reds from Sonoma, Santa Barbara, Monterey and beyond, including several values priced $30 or less

12 Enchanting California Pinot Noirs Up to 91 Points
Talley Vineyards has helped bring attention to Paso Robles' San Luis Obispo Coast and its noteworthy Pinot Noirs. (Courtesy of Talley Vineyards)
Sep 19, 2022

It’s hard to believe, but Pinot Noir was once an afterthought in California winemaking. Today, it is often mentioned alongside Cabernet Sauvignon as one of the Golden State's leading grapes. This selection spotlights California's diverse Pinot Noir styles with a range of recently reviewed offerings from across the state.

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