Top Pinot picks
Our 7 favorite Pinot Noirs under 14 percent alcohol that pass the light-body test
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.
Cinnamon-spiced red plums with a hit of black pepper on a long finish. (Willamette Valley; $28; 13% alc.)
Earthy smoke, leather, mushroom; spicy strawberry, rhubarb, and cola. (Carneros; $20; 13.5% alc.)
Tobacco, leather, earth, violets, and foresty fruit. (Santa Maria Valley; $30; 13.5% alc.)
Bright berries and cherries dusted with chocolate. (Sonoma Coast; $35; 13.5% alc.)
Leafy herbs, loam, leather, rhubarb, and Chinese five spice. (Willamette Valley; $40; 13.9% alc.)
Light cedar and spice plus a range of red fruit, from berry and cherry to rhubarb and cranberry. (Oregon; $20; 13% alc.)
Red berries layered with coriander, orange zest, pepper, and dusty leather. (Willamette Valley; $35; 13.6% alc.)