Top Pinot picks

Our 7 favorite Pinot Noirs under 14 percent alcohol that pass the light-body test

Pinot Noir Wine Picks

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Pinot Noir labels to look for

Lately, Pinot Noir impersonators have been creeping onto the dinner tables of innocent wine lovers everywhere. What's worse? The real thing can be harder to find than you think.

A real Pinot Noir is light-bodied, delicate, and a silky mouthful of warm spices, flowers, savory herbs, loam, and leather—not just fruit.

To steer you in the right direction, here are our top honest Pinot Noir picks.

Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 Pinot Noir

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Willamette Valley Vineyards 2008 Pinot Noir

Cinnamon-spiced red plums with a hit of black pepper on a long finish. (Willamette Valley; $28; 13% alc.)

Saintsbury 2009 “Garnet” Pinot Noir

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Saintsbury 2009 “Garnet” Pinot Noir

Earthy smoke, leather, mushroom; spicy strawberry, rhubarb, and cola. (Carneros; $20; 13.5% alc.)

Au Bon Climat 2007 “La Bauge Au-dessus” Pinot Noir

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Au Bon Climat 2007 “La Bauge Au-dessus” Pinot Noir

Tobacco, leather, earth, violets, and foresty fruit. (Santa Maria Valley; $30; 13.5% alc.)

Fogdog 2007 Pinot Noir by Freestone

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Fogdog 2007 Pinot Noir by Freestone

Bright berries and cherries dusted with chocolate. (Sonoma Coast; $35; 13.5% alc.)

Domaine Drouhin 2007 Pinot Noir

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Domaine Drouhin 2007 Pinot Noir

Leafy herbs, loam, leather, rhubarb, and Chinese five spice. (Willamette Valley; $40; 13.9% alc.)

A to Z 2008 Pinot Noir

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A to Z 2008 Pinot Noir

Light cedar and spice plus a range of red fruit, from berry and cherry to rhubarb and cranberry. (Oregon; $20; 13% alc.)

Anne Amie 2007 Pinot Noir

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Anne Amie 2007 Pinot Noir

Red berries layered with coriander, orange zest, pepper, and dusty leather. (Willamette Valley; $35; 13.6% alc.)

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