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Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Isabelle 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - The most impressive Pinot here is the 2012 Pinot Noir Isabelle. A selection of the top barrels, it - like the Knox Alexander release -...
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Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir Knox Alexander 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - Another gorgeous wine from Au Bon Climat, the 2012 Pinot Noir Knox Alexander is utterly seamless and perfectly balanced, with classic...
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Belle Glos Pinot Noir Clark & Telephone 2014 750ml

Rated 90 - Exhibits a broad, rich, plush array of flavors, with extracted blackberry, mocha and black tea notes. A potent Pinot that mimics Syrah,...
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Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir 3d 2012 750ml

Rated 94 - Brilliant red. Sexy, intensely perfumed aromas of red fruit preserves, incense, smoky minerals and potpourri, with a hint of blood...
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Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Machado 2012 750ml

Rated 94 - Even better, the 2012 Pinot Noir Machado has sappy, grippy texture to go with notions of rose petal, earth, underbrush and both...
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Brewer-Clifton Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills 2013 750ml

Rated 92 - Smooth-textured, with zesty wild berry, raspberry and black licorice flavors, showing spicy floral scents and a touch of lavender,...
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Byron Pinot Noir Monument 2012 750ml

Rated 92 - The 2012 Pinot Noir Monument is a blend of the best barrels, with 80% being barrel-fermented, following by 15 months in 100% new French...
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Fiddlehead Cellars Pinot Noir Cuvee 728 2010 750ml

Rated 91 - Vivid ruby-red. Vibrant, highly perfumed aromas of black raspberry, lavender, licorice, smoky minerals and allspice. Cool, focused and...
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Foxen Pinot Noir John Sebastiano Vineyard 2012 750ml

Rated 93 - A powerful, brooding nose of black cardamom and crushed clove melds with pomegranate and cherry, resulting in an incredibly aromatic...

Pinot Noir Santa Barbara United States

Regularly described as being the grape varietal responsible for producing the world's most romantic wines, Pinot Noir has long been associated with elegance and a broad range of flavors The name means 'black pine' in French, and this is due to the fact that the fruit of this particular varietal is especially dark in color, and hangs in a conical shape, like that of a pine cone. Despite being grown today in almost every wine producing country, Pinot Noir is a notoriously difficult grape variety to cultivate. This is because it is especially susceptible to various forms of mold and mildew, and thrives best in steady, cooler climates. However, the quality of the fruit has ensured that wineries and vintners have persevered with the varietal, and new technologies and methods have overcome many of the problems it presents. Alongside this, the wide popularity and enthusiasm for this grape has ensured it will remain a firm favorite amongst wine drinkers for many years to come.
Santa Barbara is home to many of California's most sought after wines, with a powerful reputation for superbly crafted, old world style big, flavorful and complex red wines. The white wine industry in the region is growing, too, with many wineries within Santa Barbara successfully experimenting with several classic white wine grape varietals. As in much of California, Santa Barbara benefits from the blazing west coast sunshine, coupled with cooling Pacific Ocean breezes and fogs, which help to temper the grapes and slow the ripening process, thus ensuring more flavor and aroma in the resulting wines. Although Santa Barbara is a relatively young wine region, it is home to many wineries who are extremely dedicated when it comes to demonstrating just how good their terroir is, and how characterful their region's wines can be.
Of all the New World wine countries, perhaps the one which has demonstrated the most flair for producing high quality wines - using a combination of traditional and forward-thinking contemporary methods - has been the United States of America. For the past couple of centuries, the United States has set about transforming much of its suitable land into vast vineyards, capable of supporting a wide variety of world-class grape varietals which thrive on both the Atlantic and the Pacific coastlines. Of course, we immediately think of sun-drenched California in regards to American wines, with its enormous vineyards responsible for the New World's finest examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, but many other states have taken to viticulture in a big way, with impressive results. Oregon, Washington State and New York have all developed sophisticated and technologically advanced wine cultures of their own, and the output of U.S wineries is increasing each year as more and more people are converted to their produce.