Longtime Pinot Noir lover William “Rusty” Gaffney, M.D., aka The Prince of Pinot, continues his outstanding coverage of the varietal with a roundup of Central Coast California Pinot Noir. He cuts a path including Santa Rita Hills, Santa Maria Valley, Arroyo Grande, Santa Lucia Highlands, Arroyo Seco and Santa Cruz Mountains AVAs.

He provides his usual insightful reviews, covering mostly 2009s, 2010s plus a few 2008s and 2011s thrown in. He also re-caps some illuminating producer notes on the 2009 and 2010 vintages.

Pinot Noir Vines, Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, 10/18/2009. Photo (c) Naotake Murayama, via Wikimedia Commons

Pinot Noir Vines, Santa Cruz Mountains AVA, 10/18/2009. Photo (c) Naotake Murayama, via Wikimedia Commons

For the full story visit Dr. Gaffney’s PinotFile website:
Along the Pinot Trail in California: Part I – Central Coast

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