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Looking Back at 2013: The Best Pinot Noirs

Here is a list of the best North American pinot noirs among the several thousand I reviewed for The PinotFile in 2013, my so-called All-Americans. Most of these are very small productions available directly from the winery. Wines that I believe are still available from the winery or retail are indicated by an asterisk *. Remember that if you missed out, there will be another vintage: a different song from the same composer. The wines are not cheap, but with pinot noir, you get what you pay for.


  • 2011 Bluxome Street Winery Weir Vineyard Yorkville Highlands (175 cases, $45)
  • 2011 Castalia Rochioli Vineyard Russian River Valley* (300 cases, $55)
  • 2010 Dehlinger Altamont Russian River Valley (570 cases, $60)
  • 2012 Dutton-Goldfield Fox Den Vineyard Green Valley of Russian River Valley (383 cases, $58)*
  • 2010 Hanzell Sessions Vineyard Sonoma Valley (99 cases, $95)
  • 2010 Joseph Phelps Pastorale Vineyard Sonoma Coast (550 cases, $75)*
  • 2010 Littorai B.A. Thieriot Vineyard Sonoma Coast ($70)
  • 2009 Morning Dew Ranch Jan’s Cuvee Anderson Valley ($75)
  • 2011 Siduri Soberanes Vineyard Santa Lucia Highlands (235 cases, $48)*
  • 2011 Soliste L’Ambroisie Sonoma Coast (29 cases, $100)
  • 2011 Thomas Fogarty Rapley Trail Vineyard Henry Ayrton’s Block Santa Cruz Mountains (50 cases, $80)*


  • 2011 Adelsheim Temperance Hill Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley (363 cases, $68)
  • 2010 Bethel Heights Estate Flat Block Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley (167 cases, $58)*
  • 2011 Big Table Farm Wirtz Vineyard Willamette Valley (119 cases, $45)
  • 2010 Coeur de Terre Sarah Jane’s Block Reserve McMinnville Willamette Valley ($58)
  • 2010 Cristom Marjorie Vineyard Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley (363 cases, $55)*
  • 2009 Hillcrest Vineyard Richard Sommer Memorial Cuvée Estate Umpqua Valley (100 cases, $36)
  • 2012 Lenné Estate Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley ($45)*
  • 2012 Privé Vineyard le sud Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley (75 cases, $65)
  • 2012 Privé Vineyard le nord Chehalem Mountains Willamette Valley (100 cases, $55)
  • 2012 Raptor Ridge Gran Moraine Vineyard Yamhill-Carlton District Willamette Valley (127 cases, $45)*
  • 2011 White Rose Estate Winemaker’s Cuvée Dundee Hills Willamette Valley (99 cases, $85)

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