Pinot Noir has officially passed Cabernet.
|Fort Ross Vineyards near the Pacific. A perfect spot for Pinot Noir|
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The fascination with Pinot Noir seems to be its variability, in a good way, based on clones, soil and climate. Any change in any of these makes a distinctly different wine. The wine is very drinkable when young, but can still spend a little time in the cellar.
It's often called a feminine wine as opposed to masculine wines like Cabernet or Syrah.
The bad news for the consumer is the average price per ton of Pinot Noir grapes in Sonoma County is significantly higher than any other grape. And just as certain Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in Napa can charge some pretty extraordinary prices so can certain Pinot Noir vineyards in Sonoma County. This translates into higher bottle prices.
Article on Sonoma County's Top Red Grape from the Press Democrat.