In the glass, the wine’s pinkish red color and clear edges indicate that this California pinot noir has a touch of French style, too. An aroma of red berries flows into the flavors the palate, with some sharp bramble character too. Light tannins close the finish nicely. And the winemaker notes show that the alcohol is pleasantly on the low side for many California wines, just under 14%.

WHO: Amici Cellars

WHAT: 100% Pinot Noir

WHERE: Sonoma County, California

HOW MUCH: $20 (media sample)


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Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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