6 Must-Try California Pinot Noir

You can find California Pinot Noir made all over this great state. Some are blends, some are from counties and others are from specific vineyards. Here are a few wineries that you should explore if you enjoy Pinot Noir.

Castle Rock Pinot Noir

The Pinot Noir made by the Castle Rock Winery is from all over the West Coast. This winery doesn't just make California Pinot Noir, they also make wine in the Willamette Valley in Oregon and Columbia Valley in Washington.

Castle Rock Pinot Noir comes from:

  • the Russian River Valley
  • Napa County
  • Sonoma County
  • Monterey County
  • Mendocino County
  • Central Coast

Each of these appellation specific wines bring out the special nuances of California Pinot Noir from that area. What's even better about Castle Rock Pinot Noir? It's made with your wallet in mind! You can find Castle Rock Pinot Noir for under $20 a bottle.

Looking for a bottle of Pinot Noir blend? Castle Rock Winery also makes a California Cuvee Pinot Noir, which is a blend of Pinot Noir from certain areas of the state that make excellent Pinot Noir. The California Cuvee is medium-oded with aromas of fruit and spices. It has flavors of cherries, spices and has light tannins.

Castle Rock Pinot Noir from Carneros is a delicious, medium-bodied wine with aromas of cherries and spices. Mild tannins, spices, cherries and oak are just some of the interesting flavors that come out of this wine.

The Central Coast Castle Rock Pinot Noir is medium-bodied with aromas of fruit and spices, flavors of spice and cherries and light tannins.

The Castle Rock Pinot Noir from Mendocino County is medium-bodied, has aromas of flowers and flavors of wild berries.

The Monterey County Pinot Noir is a smooth wine, medium-bodied and has aromas of fruits and spices. The flavors you will enjoy in this wine are cherries and spices. This Castle Rock Pinot Noir received a silver medal at the California State Fair and the Editor's Choice award from Wine Enthusiast.

The Castle Rock Pinot Noir from Napa County is elegant and medium-bodied. It has aromas of fruit, oak and flowers and tastes smooth.

The Russian River Valley Pinot Noir that Castle Rock Winery offers is fruity and has aromas of spice and flowers.

The Sonoma County Pinot Noir is an elegant wine with fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of fruit and oak.

La Crema Pinot Noir

La Crema Winery makes California Pinot Noir in Monterey County, the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, Anderson Valley and Carneros. The Monterey County La Crema Pinot Noir has aromas of fruit and spices. It is a smooth wine with light tannins.

Another La Crema Pinot Noir from this region is the Pinot Noir from Arroyo Seco, a wine made in a limited quantity from a single vineyard in the region. It has beautiful flavors of wild berries and aromas of berries and spices.

The Russian River Valley Pinot Noir that La Crema Winery makes is a fruity flavored wine, with aromas of fruit and spices. If you are looking for something reallyspecial in California Pinot Noir, make sure to try the La Crema Winery 9 Barrel wine. This is a Russian River Valley Pinot Noir that is made from the very best part of the harvest to make 9 barrels of ultra-premium California Pinot Noir.

The La Crema Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast has aromas of fruit and spices, and flavors of the same. This wine is also available in a 375mL bottle.

The Carneros Pinot Noir from the La Crema Winery has delicious aromas of berries, vanilla and spices. The flavor is smooth and fruity.

Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir

The legendary Robert Mondavi Winery produces Pinot Noir in Napa Valley. You can choose Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir from the Carneros region of Napa, or their reserve bottling. The Carneros Pinot Noir is a deep red color with aromas of berries. The flavors you will enjoy in this smooth wine are fruit and light tannins.

The Reserve Pinot Noir from the Robert Mondavi Winery is fruity and spicy, with aromas of cherries and nice tannins.

Discover more wines from the Robert Mondavi Winery here.

Saintsbury Pinot Noir

Saintsbury Pinot Noir is made from grapes from specific vineyards in Carneros and Anderson Valley. These are pretty young wines that taste good now or can be aged for about 4-6 years.

Saintsbury Vineyard makes one Pinot Noir from the Carneros region. It is a blend of Pinot Noir from 12 vineyards in Carneros, most of which are located on the Napa Valley side. This is a medium- to full-bodied Pinot Noir, with flavors of berries and spices.

The Saintsbury Pinot Noir from the Brown Ranch in Carneros has beautiful aromas of fruit. It is a medium-bodied wine that is nice and smooth.

The Lee Vineyard Carneros Pinot Noir is spicy and has aromas of berries and spices.

The Saintsbury Pinot Noir from the Stanly Ranch in Carneros has aromas of wild berries, herbs and spices. It has a fruity flavor and a good amount of tannins making it a bit on the dry side.

The Toyon Farms Pinot Noir made in Carneros is spicy and fruity in flavor and medium- to full-bodied.

The Saintsbury Pinot Noir that is made in Anderson Valley comes from the Cerise Vineyard. It is a medium-to-full-bodied wine with a spicy, fruity flavor. This wine can be enjoyed now or aged for up to 10 years.

Foley California Pinot Noir

Foley Pinot Noir is made in the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara, at a former horse ranch called Rancho Santa Rosa. The California Pinot Noir made by this winery are all vineyard specific bottlings.

The Foley Pinot Noir from the Bar Lazy S Ranch is smooth and has aromas of berries and spices.

The Barrel Select bottling of Foley Pinot Noir is made from the best grapes that the Winery has to offer. It has flavors of berries and vanilla. This California Pinot Noir is good to drink now or age for a few years.

The Foley Pinot Noir from JA Ranch is a full-bodied wine that is delicious now or can be aged for as much as 10 years. It has aromas of berries and spices.

The Foley Pinot Noir from Ranch Santa Rosa is a medium-bodied wine with soft tannins and flavors of wild berries and spices.

The T Ancho Ranch Pinot Noir from Foley is a wine with a wide range of spicy flavors and nice tannins.

The Two Sisters Pinot Noir from Lindsay's Vineyard has aromas of flowers and spices, a smooth flavor and good tannins.

Angeline Pinot Noir

Angeline Pinot Noir is made by the Martin Ray Winery. This California winery makes two different kinds of Pinot Noir: Reserve and a standard bottling. Both Pinot Noir wines are made from grapes grown in Santa Barbara, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.

The Reserve Pinot Noir is a dark red color and has aromas of berries and spices. It has flavors of red berries and has light tannins and is very smooth. This wine won a Silver Medal at the San Francisco Chronicle 2012 Wine Competition.

The standard bottling Pinot Noir is has delicious aromas of fruit, vanilla and spices. The flavors that really stand out are wile berries, spices, oak and vanilla.




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