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David's Wine Picks - 2014-15 California Pinot Noir

(posted: December 10th, 2017)

Wine glasses filled with red and white wines
In this column, published about once a quarter, David shares his passion for and expert knowledge of fine wines.

In each post he offers several selections that provide great value.

He identifies wines for drinking now, which ones to put away for several years, and those that are worth enjoying now and laying in a supply for future enjoyment.

Enjoy David's Wine Picks, and let us know if there is something you'd like David to review in a future column.

This month, Rating The 2014/2015 California Pinot Noir Vintages

Wine experts are saying that Santa Lucia Highlands is the clear winner of 2014 and 2015 Pinot Vintage.

Region 2015 Rating 2014 Rating
Anderson Valley 86-89 88
Carneros 86-89 88
Santa Barbara, including Santa Rita Hills, Santa Maria Valley, & Santa Ynez Valley 90-93 89
Santa Lucia Highlands 90-93 93
Sonoma, Russian River, & Sonoma Coast 90-93 92


Top Wines - Winemaker & Region Year Wine Spectator Rating Price
Lando - Russian River 2015 93 $45
Roar - Santa Lucia Highlands 2015 93 $68
TestaRossa - Santa Rita Hills, La Riconada Vineyards 2014 93 $64
Kendall Jackson - Vintner's Reserve 2014 91 $20
Melomi - Santa Barbara Counties 2015 89 $25

Pick up a few bottles. I promise you will not be disappointed.

Guide to Ratings, From Wine Spectator:

  • 95 - 100 Classic, a great wine
  • 90 - 94 Outstanding, a wine of superior style and character
  • 85 - 89 Very good wine, with special qualities


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