30th Annual Best of The Best:
QRW Tasting Team
the best producers continue to make the best Pinot Noir.
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ Five-Star Wines ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩
Wines of extraordinary character and quality —
in a class by themselves.
2012 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Dairyman Vineyard (Russian River Valley), $40. Big, galumphing, black cherry, nutty oak and nutmeg flavors.
2012 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Las Alturas Vineyard (Santa Lucia Highlands), $40. Deliciously lush, round, pure, black fruit and spicy vanillin flavors.
2011 Donum Estate Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, $72. Ripe, succulent, well-balanced, elegantly knit, raspberry and nutmeg flavors.
2011 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands, $100. Ripe, plush, elegantly knit black cherry and roasted nut flavors.
2011 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast, $100. Classically appointed Pinot Noir with finely etched and well-focused Bing cherry and nutty oak flavors.
2010 Marimar Estate Dona Marguerita Vineyard, "Chico’s Run," Sonoma Coast, $48. Cherry and strawberry with soft spice-oak aromas. Burgundian in style, with woody-earthy feel. Soft and supple finish. Elegant.
2011 Williams Selyem Foss Vineyard (Russian River Valley), $55. Textbook stuff with ripe, zesty, nutty oak and wild red berry flavors.
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