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November 2018

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Born in Burgundy but now mainstays in countless wines cultures spanning the globe, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have become wildly successful in California and points north and only seem to get better with each passing year. This month we look at a bevy of exciting new bottlings, and there are so many accomplished examples of each, some meant for cellaring and others delicious right now, that we find choosing favorites to be a difficult, albeit decidedly tasty task.

There is no question but that Pinot has been on a roll over the past several vintages. The variety has long since proven its mettle up and down the West Coast, and those from California as well as Oregon are showing increasing sophistication as more and more vintners are demonstrating remarkable mastery of what was once considered a finicky grape.

We welcome the interest in new and near-forgotten varieties ranging from Chenin Blanc and Albariño and to Roussanne and Grenache Blanc, but Chardonnay's luster is in no way diminished or threatened by the appearance of pretty new faces. With very good reason, Chardonnay remains the most in-demand white wine of them all, and the best local versions are as good as any found anywhere in the world.

Syrah, Barbera and several Rosés made from Pinot Noir and Grenache are featured this month in our latest installment of Best Buys, and there are more than a few terrific values to be had among surprisingly affordable wines winning one- and two-star recommendation.




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