Matt Walker

Location: Northridge, CA

I am a Certified Specialist of Wine and uncertified Wine Geek! As a Snoother, I hope to raise awareness for smaller, lesser-known but quality driver producers. Major regions I specialize in include Washington, California, Tuscany, Bordeaux, and the Douro

Wines Less Traveled: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is likely the most difficult grape to make into great wine at any price point, in any place.  Even the best producers fall short a fair amount of time.  That being said, well made/well placed Pinot may also offer up the some of the greatest high points of the wine world.  Few grapes offer such diverse flavors running the gamut of nearly all berry fruits to spices to earth to chemicals to cherry cola.  Once again this list will focus on lesser known producers offering up great price-to-value wines from some of the best locations for this most frusrating and exciting of grapes.

4. Athair Pinot Noir Russian River Valley (2008)

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Previously available for $36.00
Overdelivers is an understatement for this wine! At just over $20 this wine outclassed a bunch of $40 bottles at a Pinot tasting. This is unabashedly California style Pinot, dense fruit, full body, and lots of baking spices. However it still retains enough acidity keep it very lithe and lively. Black cherry, fresh blueberry, cherry cola and cinnamon dominate.
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