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Spoiled by Amici Pinot Noir

Texchef Jun 1, 2007 05:41 AM

My husband and I tried Amici Pinot Noir, I think it's a 2003 vintage, over a year ago and now we are unable to enjoy any other Pinot. It's price point is more than we normally spend for a bottle of wine, around $50 a bottle.

Has anyone tried it and found a less expensive "replacement"? We wouldn't mind spending $20 to $25 on a fairly regular basis.

Here's what we're looking for:

By Wine Spectator,OCT-05
Rated: 85
Concentrated, with wild berry, cinnamon, orange rind and fresh sage tones wrapped in cedary oak and herb-edged tannins. Drink now through 2007. 500 cases made.

Any suggestions or are we hopelessly spoiled and just need to pony up and spend the extra $$? Doesn't have to be a pinot either.

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    zin1953 RE: Texchef Jun 1, 2007 06:48 AM

    Amici produces their Pinot Noir from Mendocino Co. grapes. Check out Anderson Valley's other producers at http://www.avwines.com/

    Navarro Vineyards is excellent, but difficult to find retail. It's worth the effort to seek out -- I don't know where you live -- and you can check out their website at http://www.navarrowine.com/ Their Pinot is a) less expensive, and b) better -- IMHO.

    Breggo is a new producer but they're making excellent Pinots -- http://www.breggo.com/ The same is true of Goldeneye -- http://www.goldeneyewinery.com/ Both, however, are priced closer to $50 than they are to $25. Harmonique, Lazy Creek, Handley and even the sparkling wine producer, Roederer Estate -- all make some excellent Pinots.

    Leaving the Anderson Valley of Mendocino behind, you may also want to explore the Pinots from wineries like Morgan in Monterey -- which sells their Pinot Noir for approx. $30, http://www.morganwinery.com/ -- or Talbott, whose Logan Pinot is under $20 -- http://www.talbottvineyards.com/

    The last 10 years have seem an explosion of high-quality Pinot Noirs being produced *consistently* in California. Also, there are some great Pinots foming from Oregon, New Zealand and -- of course -- Burgundy. ALL have wonderful wines available for under $25 in the U.S.

    Your BEST BET is to seek out a serious wine merchant near you, who can get to know your tastes and recommend bottles for you to try. I can, for example, tell you that Storrs Winery makes an excellent Pinot Noir -- but you may never be able to find any, and wouldn't that be frustrating?

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      Texchef RE: zin1953 Jun 1, 2007 04:32 PM

      Thanks a bunch!

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