If you are like me, secretly crossing your fingers and hoping for a taste of Burgundy when you sip California pinot noirs, you will be rewarded here. Sip lightly for the first few minutes until the wine opens up in the glass and more red berry aromas blossom on the palate. A light clear dusty-rose-red color, the wine flows effortlessly onto the tongue, with a light body carrying elements of sous-bois and burnt sugar. Just enough acidity and tannin to be present but not overbearing.

Recommended: 92 points — Becky Sue Epstein

WHO: Amici Cellars

WHAT: 100% pinot noir

WHERE: Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

HOW MUCH: $40 (media sample)


About The Author

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, www.wine-pages.com 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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