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Best Russian River Valley Winery?

I'll be in Yountville/Napa in mid-April with my family, and I'd like to learn more about producing Pinot in the Russian River Valley. Is there a winery in the area specializing in Pinot Noir that's not to be missed? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. I like the PNs from these producers in the RRV, but the RRV is not near Yountville/Napa. That area is more for Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot:

    http://www.duttongoldfield.com/

    http://www.benoviawinery.com/

    http://www.aristawinery.com/arista/in...

    http://www.inmanfamilywines.com/

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      1. re: baron45

        Is Duttongoldfield the same as Dutton Estates? I remember Dutton Estates was worthwhile for PN too. This list will come in handy for me and my husband! Thanks!

        1. re: rln

          They are 2 different wineries, but there are 2 brothers: one operates D-G with another partner, and DE is run by the other brother.

        1. re: jlfoodie

          I second De Loach. I remember that as a highlight at a past RRV trip.

          Harvest Moon is also an interesting stop. They have ice wine, which is unusual for the area. They have a Pinots.

        2. If you are in the RRV, try to get an appointment at Merry Edwards.
          While you are in Napa, I suggest Patz and Hall

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          1. re: Chef Mabuse

            Second the Merry Edwards suggestion - excellent wine and nice people.

          2. I love, love, love Martenilli Winery on River Road...just North of Santa Rosa. They have a good selection of great pinot's.

            www.martinelliwinery.com

            Enjoy!

            1. Thanks for the suggestions. I know that RRV and Napa aren't all that close, but I'm coming from the east coast, and even an hour drive doesn't seem all that ridiculous compared to the cross country plane ride!

              What about any wineries not to miss in the Napa/Yountville area?

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              1. re: aburkavage

                Check out this report: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6104...

                In terms of Napa wineries, it would help if you mentioned what kind of wine you like, both stylistically and in terms of varietal. There are lots of good places to taste Cab, Merlot, Franc, or blends on Spring Mountain, which lies between Napa & Sonoma counties.