Wine choice

The Week - - Leisure Food & Drink -

If you love pre­mier cru and grand cru red bur­gundy wine but baulk at pay­ing the £100–£200 it costs, it’s high time you got to know pinot noir’s new home on Cal­i­for­nia’s cool, foggy Sonoma Coast, says Jane Mac­quitty in The Times. The re­gion’s best pinots ri­val top bur­gundies, and are of­ten around half the price.

2014 Kutch Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir,

Cal­i­for­nia (£42; Rober­son Wine) is a silky, smoky, red berry and cherry Sonoma Coast pinot noir with el­e­gance and length. Or try Lit­torai’s ex­traor­di­nar­ily el­e­gant, sen­sual, wild straw­berry-scented 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (£49; Hand­ford Wines).

If you can, splash out on a sin­gle-vine­yard edi­tion. Kutch’s 2015 Bo­han Vine­yard is a lovely, long, silky herba­ceous rose­hip tri­umph (£50.15; Rober­son Wine), and Hirsch’s rich, herby, blood or­ange-fruited 2014 East Ridge Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (£82; Rober­son Wine) is a star. For con­sid­er­ably less money, I’d also rec­om­mend La Crema’s vi­brant, black cherry-licked 2014 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir (£22.99; Noel Young Wines).

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