Wine Spectator

Coastal Conquest

Coastal Conquest

Pinot Noir's groundswell across coastal California is wide and deep. And it seems far from cresting. The grape thrives amid one of the most extensive geographic spreads of any variety in the state, delivering delicious wines from Mendocino's Anderson Valley in the far north to the Sta. Rita Hills of Santa Barbara County on the south central coast. Pinot's ascendancy in the Golden State is reflective of its remarkable adaptability to a diversity of sites and its ability to express the characteristics of those sites as vintners have honed their skills in cultivating the grape.

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California Pinot Noir’s Top Terroirs

California Pinot Noir’s Top Terroirs

Anderson Valley cuts 20 miles through the coastal ranges of Mendocino County just a few miles from the Pacific. It’s a remote region, where steep hillsides covered with redwoods and firs stretch up on either side of the valley. Many of the best vineyards sit on rolling terraces or ridgetops. ... Most bottlings from here lean toward a red fruit profile, and there’s a loamy edge to many of the wines.

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