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Wine of the Week

  • Daryl Groom judges wines at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair wine competition on Wednesday, September 23, 2009.

Scouting for the tastiest high-end pinot noirs

Wine writer Peg Melnik had a blind tasting this week of high-end pinot noirs, from lean to lush. Our wine-of-week winner is Davis Bynum, 2011 Jane's Vineyard Garfield Block, Russian River Valley Sonoma County Pinot Noir at $35.

TOP PICK

Davis Bynum

2011 Jane's Vineyard Garfield Block, Russian River Valley Sonoma County Pinot Noir,

14.5 percent alcohol, $55. 4 stars

A tangy pinot with explosive cherry/berry fruit. Complex, with notes of herbs, cinnamon and pepper. Bright acidity. A standout.


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