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  •  Interesting, that (1+ / 0-)
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    The three top pinot noir regions in the world are all between the 45th and 48th parallels: the Willamette Valley and Burgundy (including the Loire Valley) in the Northern Hemisphere and Central Otago in the Southern Hemisphere. The Russian River, Yarra Valley, and Marlborough Region, other highly rated pinot noir regions - though not, in my opinion, quite as consistently excellent - are all between the 37th and the 42nd parallels (the former north, the latter two south).

    Independent, Auckland Central resident, MD-05 voter, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

    by SaoMagnifico on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 11:20:17 PM PDT

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    •  I don't buy California Pinots pretty much ever. (1+ / 0-)
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      That's what Oregon (and Burgundy, of course) is for.

      Just like I wouldn't be inclined buy an Oregon Zin.

      The best Cab I've ever had from an Oregon winery comes from Columbia Valley & Yakima a grapes. THAT is a winemaker who understands that we can try to force grapes to do what we want them to be.... the wine always tastes forced.  

      Or he can let grapes be who they should be.

      © grover. "Buy! Buy!" says the sign in the shop window. "Why? Why?" says the junk in the yard. -- John Denver

      by grover on Tue Jun 14, 2011 at 12:49:19 PM PDT

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      •  Absolutely... (0+ / 0-)

        Agreed on California pinots. Maybe it's just my Oregonian bias, but I'd take a Willamette Valley over a Russian River pinot just about every time.

        If you haven't gotten the chance to try a good one from Central Otago, I strongly recommend it. Mt. Difficulty Roaring Meg is a very good one, as is The People's Pinot Noir (which is cheaper and thus kinder to me at the supermarket). I haven't had the fortune to try a bottle of Lowburn Ferry, but both its 2008 and 2009 vintages were international award-winners. The Peregrine and Mondillo pinots are also highly rated, but I haven't tried either of them. Not sure what availability is like outside of Australasia, though I know Central Otago growers have recently been lobbying to get a geographic indication recognized internationally.

        Independent, Auckland Central resident, MD-05 voter, OR-01 native, Swingnut for life, and keeper of the DKE glossary.

        by SaoMagnifico on Tue Jun 14, 2011 at 03:28:39 PM PDT

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