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Top Rated Pinot Noir

Pinot noir grapes growing near the village of Bué

Pinot Noir is the essential red for summertime sipping, bursting with cherry and ripe berry flavors. The following selections are some of the best Pinot Noirs that we have tasted, starting with our highest rated wines.



Bouchard Pere & Fils
2007 Vigne de l'Enfant Jesus
Burgundy, France
17.5/20

$97

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Echezeaux
Domaine Gagey Grand Cru
Vosne-Romanée, France
17.5/20

$169

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Dutton-Goldfield
2005 Dutton Ranch - Freestone Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, CA
17/20

$58

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Bouchard Pere & Fils
2007 Le Corton Grand Cru
Burgundy, France
16.5/20

$91

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EnRoute
2011 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, CA
16.5/20

$58

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Stoller Family Estate
2009 Cathy's Reserve Pinot Noir
Dundee Hills, Oregon
16.5/20

$100

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Donelan
2011 "Two Brothers" Pinot Noir
North Coast, CA
16/20

$55

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Dutton-Goldfield
2005 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, CA
16/20

$55

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Etude Wines
2004
Carneros Estate Pinot Noir
Carneros, CA
16/20
$42

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Goldeneye
2005 Gowan Creek Vineyard Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, CA
16/20
$75

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Presqu'ile
2011 Rim Rock Vineyard Pinot Noir
San Luis Obispo County, CA
16/20
$65

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Albert Bichot
2011 Domaine du Pavillon Pommard Clos des Ursulines
Burgundy, France
15.5/20

$47

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Belle Glos
2009 Taylor Lane Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, CA
15.5/20

$44

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Bernardus Winery
2005 Ingrid’s Vineyard Pinot Noir
Carmel Valley, CA
15.5/20

$75

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Chalone Vineyards
2002 Pinot Noir
Soledad, CA
15.5/20
$25

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Domaine Serene
2006 Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon
15.5/20

$58

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Elizabeth Chambers Cellar
2011 Winemaker's Cuvée Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon
15.5/20

$32

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La Fenetre
2007 Le Bon Climat Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, CA
15.5/20

$49

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Harmonique
2003 The Noble One Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, CA
15.5/20

$55

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J Vineyards
2007 Nicole's Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, CA
15.5/20

$65

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Roessler Cellars
2002 Savoy Vineyard Pinot Noir
Alexander Valley, CA
15.5/20
$42


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Sea Smoke Cellars
2008 "Ten" Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills, CA
15.5/20
$80

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Sierra Madre Vineyard
2008 "Block 216" Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, CA
15.5/20

$47

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Ten Acre
2011 Cummings Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, CA
15.5/20

$55

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Torii Mor Vineyard & Winery
2005 La Colina Vineyard Pinot Noir
Dundee Hills, Oregon
15.5/20

$55

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Wild Horse
2008 Cheval Sauvage Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, CA
15.5/20

$60

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Winter's Hill Vineyard
2005 Pinot Noir Cuvée du Vigneron
Dundee Hills, Oregon
15.5/20

$39

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Breggo Cellars
2009 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, Savoy Vineyard
Anderson Valley, CA
15/20

$55

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Buena Vista Winery
2005 — Ramal Vineyard
Carneros, CA
15/20

$37

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Campion
2003 Pinot Noir
Carneros, CA
15/20

$33

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Carneros della Notte
2004 D III Vineyard Pinot Noir
Carneros, CA
15/20

$150

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Clos Pepe Estate
2007 Pinot Noir
Sta. Rita Hills, CA
15/20

$54

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Cobb Wines
2008 Emmaline Ann Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, CA
15/20

$68

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Felton Road
2009 Pinot Noir Bannockburn
Central Otago, New Zealand
15/20

$45

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Gary Farrell
2009 Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, CA
15/20

$55

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Goldeneye
2005 Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, CA
15/20

$55

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Joseph Jewell
2009 Floodgate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, CA
15/20

$42

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La Follette
2009 Pinot Noir Sangiacomo Vineyard
Sonoma Coast, CA
15/20

$39

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Lange Estate Winery and Vineyards
2005 Dundee Hills Estate Pinot Noir
Dundee Hills, Oregon
15/20

$60

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MacRostie
2006 Pinot Noir
Carneros, CA
15/20

$30

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McIntyre Vineyards
2
006 Estate Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, CA
15/20

$42

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Patz & Hall
2006 Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, CA
15/20
$80

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Perception
2007 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, CA
15/20
$53

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Pfendler Vineyards
2007 Estate Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, CA
15/20
$45

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Puma Road
2007 Black Mountain Vineyards Pinot Noir; $40
Santa Lucia Highlands, CA
15/20
$40

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Sea Smoke Cellars
2009 'Southing' Pinot Noir
Santa Rita Hills, CA
15/20

$52

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Summerland
2002 Odyssey-Thurlestone Vineyard Pinot Noir
Edna Valley, CA
15/20
$28

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Talbott Vineyards
2008 Cuvée Sarah Case Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, CA
15/20

$75

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Talley Vineyards
1999 Rosemary's Vineyard Pinot Noir
Arroyo Grande Valley, CA
15/20
$60

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Thomas George Estates
2008 Pinot Noir Baker Ridge Vineyard
Russian River Valley, CA
15/20
$60

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V. Sattui
2010 Henry Ranch Pinot Noir
Carneros, CA
15/20
$39

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Bianchi Winery
2005 Signature Selection Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, CA
14.5/20
$25

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Blair Estate
2010 Delfina's Vineyard Pinot Noir
Arroyo Seco, CA
14.5/20
$35


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Bouchard Finlayson
2007 Galpin Peak Pinot Noir
Walker Bay, South Africa
14.5/20

$40

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Byron
2006 Nielson Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Maria Valley, CA
14.5/20
$28


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Conway Family Wines
Deep Sea 2008 Pinot Noir
Central Coast, CA
14.5/20
$28


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Clos Du Val
2004 Carneros Pinot Noir
Napa, CA
14.5/20
$24


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Dunstan Wines
2009 Durell Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, CA
14.5/20
$50

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Estancia
2004 Stonewall Vineyard Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia, CA
14.5/20
$25

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Gary Farrell
2005 Pinot Noir Russian River Selection
Russian River Valley, CA
14.5/20

$42

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Goldeneye
2005 Confluence Vineyard Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, CA
14.5/20

$75

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Gundlach-Bundschu
2006 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Valley, CA
14.5/20
$38


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La Follette

2008 Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast , CA
14.5/20
$29


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LaZarre
2009 Pinot Noir
Central Coast, CA
14.5/20
$32

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Lost Canyon
2009 Morelli Lane Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, CA
14.5/20
$45

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MacMurray Ranch
2006 Winemaker's Block Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, CA
14.5/20

$60

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Marin Wines
2006 Pey-Lucia Vineyards "Frisquet" Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, CA
14.5/20

$39

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Michaud Vineyard
2004 Pinot Noir
Chalone, CA
14.5/20

$38

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Orogeny
2002 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, CA
14.5/20
$25

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Patz & Hall
2006 Chenoweth Ranch Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, CA
14.5/20

$55

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Robert Hunter
2003 Pinot Noir
Sonoma, CA
14.5/20
$35

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Row Eleven
2002 Pinot Noir
California
14.5/20
$32

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Sequana
2009 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, CA
14.5/20
$32

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Soter Vineyards
2009 Mineral Springs Ranch Pinot Noir
Yamhill-Carlton, Oregon
14.5/20
$45

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Tudor
2000 Pinot Noir
Santa Lucia Highlands, CA
14.5/20
$35

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Villa Maria
2005 Cellar Selection Pinot Noir
Marlborough, New Zealand
14.5/20
$18

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Waterstone

2002 Pinot Noir
Carneros, CA
14.5/20
$18

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Willamette Valley Vineyards
2005 Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley, Oregon
14.5/20
$40
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D'Argenzio
2002 Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, CA
14/20
$32

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The Four Graces Vineyards
2005 Dundee Hills Estate Grown Reserve Pinot Noir
Dundee Hills, Oregon
14/20

$37

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Iron Horse Vineyards
2005 Thomas Road Pinot Noir
Green Valley of Russian River Valley, CA
14/20

$70

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Louis Jadot
2005 Bourgogne Rouge Pinot Noir
Burgundy, France
14/20

$20

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Mount Riley
2002 Seventeen Valley Pinot Noir
Marlborough, New Zealand
14/20
$40

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Sadler-Wells
2001 Pinot Noir
Sonoma
, CA
14/20
$30

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WHS Heger
2005 Pinot Noir
Baden, Germany
14/20
$22

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Wither Hills
2003 Pinot Noir
Marlborough, New Zealand
14/20
$25

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Cakebread Cellars
2006 Rubáiyat
North Coast
, CA
13.5/20
$32



 
UBH041414

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