Friday, February 1, 2013

SeaGlass Santa Barbara Pinot Noir, 2010

One of the best things about Pinot Noir is that, like Riesling, it truly does reflect the place from which it's grown. Santa Barbara is recognized as a good appellation for California Pinot Noir, but there is an enormous difference between these wines and those grown farther north in the Anderson Valley, Sonoma Coast, Russian River and Carneros.

The 2010 SeaGlass Pinot has smells and flavors of dark cherries, cinnamon and other sweet spices--broader, riper and without the red berries and flowers that are more typical of wines from the northern coast. I prefer the latter, but this is a good wine at a good price.

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