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February 2017

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New Pinot Noir gets top billing this month, and the number of exciting new bottlings just seems to keep growing. The days when fine versions were in short supply are long gone, and just as new labels and names make their ways to the market, so too do many well-regarded producers continue to broaden their portfolios with myriad single-vineyard renditions. It is no easy task to keep up with the ever-expanding collection of first-rate offerings, but, given the high quality evident in the last several vintages, we are not complaining, and we wrap up our February edition with a quick look at Pinot Noir's close relation, Pinot Gris, which has been winning a host of new followers of late.

More and more wine lovers are discovering the special charms of fine Pinot, and more and more vintners are mastering its making. Important new releases from old favorites such as Chasseur, Dehlinger, Dutton Goldfield, Merry Edwards, Talley and Testarossa make an appearance this month along with a few stunning surprises from newer names that are eminently worth knowing.

Not every wine needs to be thought-provoking and complex, and there are times when something lighter and fresher is called for. Good Pinot Gris can fill just that bill, and it can do it without putting a dent in the budget.

Year in and year out, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc can be relied upon when it comes to fine value, and our picks of the current bunch are joined on February's shopping list of Best Buys by a handful of exceptional Syrahs.

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