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Presqu'ile 2010 Pinot Noir


Classic Santa Maria Valley, this Pinot has a rather aromatic, herbal nose—but on the palate its array of red and black fruit flavors wowed me. This beautifully balanced red has notes of cherries, blackberries, and blueberries weaved with minerals, spice, and herbs. Winemaker Dieter Cronjer, originally from South Africa, is making impressive Pinots that are drinkable on their own and irresistibly delicious. But I also love it at the table paired with a prime filet mignon, salmon, ahi, or rack of lamb. It’s available at the Los Olivos tasting room or online at for $42 retail. There are many Pinots far pricier than this one that don’t equal the quality you’ll find in this bottle.


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