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The 13 Highest Scoring Pinot Noirs We Rated in 2018

Wine Enthusiast, January 11, 2019

While there are a number of amazing bottlings to be found across all styles, regions, ranges and price points, there’s something to be said for celebrating the absolute best of the best in wine. We’ve combed through our extensive Buying Guide of the over 24,000 wines reviewed last year to find the 13 most top-rated Pinot Noirs from our 2018 tastings.

 Selections include a range of offerings from Sonoma to Burgundy, but also include California’s Central Coast, North Coast, Mendocino and, as one of only 15 wines to score 100 points last year, a Willamette Valley standout.

 Ready to see what made the cut? Read on to see our best Pinot Noirs of 2018.

 Wayfarer 2015 Wayfarer Vineyard Estate Grown Pinot Noir (Fort Ross-Seaview); $90, 99 points. 

Even in its youth this wine packs a punch and delivers unbelievable beauty, opening in aromas of perfume and game. Seductive, supple and spicy, it is undoubtedly full figured and hauntingly complex, with layers of dark cherry, charcuterie, sea breeze and forest floor. The tannins are firm yet polished, intense yet behaved. The salty, briny, beguiling minerality is what lingers longest on the finish. Editors’ Choice. –Virginie Boone

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