Matt Walker

Location: Northridge, CA

I am a Certified Specialist of Wine and uncertified Wine Geek! As a Snoother, I hope to raise awareness for smaller, lesser-known but quality driver producers. Major regions I specialize in include Washington, California, Tuscany, Bordeaux, and the Douro

Wines Less Traveled: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is likely the most difficult grape to make into great wine at any price point, in any place.  Even the best producers fall short a fair amount of time.  That being said, well made/well placed Pinot may also offer up the some of the greatest high points of the wine world.  Few grapes offer such diverse flavors running the gamut of nearly all berry fruits to spices to earth to chemicals to cherry cola.  Once again this list will focus on lesser known producers offering up great price-to-value wines from some of the best locations for this most frusrating and exciting of grapes.

1. Argot the Fence Pinot Noir Sonoma County (2009)

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Previously available for $58.00
Argot Wines never fail to impress and borderline heretical methods always produce wines that can wake you up from a wine-rut. Fences has an astonishing amount of layers that start with red fruits like cherries and black raspberries and move to blueberries then on to cassis. Between floors we can spot cigar box, dry pine needles, and tarragon. A powerhouse that doesn't lose its elegant charm.
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