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)