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Best Pinot Noirs

7 Pinot Noirs in 7 Words

Being bogged down with a stream of adjectives and bizarre flavor comparisons doesn't help sell a wine's deliciousness. That's why when we popped the corks to every Pinot Noir we had in house, we wanted to keep things simple — only the seven best and only a seven-word description of each wine. Forget the fruity. Begone, body talk. Cheers to seven words so you can stop reading and start wine drinking!

2010 Trinity Oaks Napa Pinot Noir

Popcorn and fatty foods benefit from campfire-like 2010 Trinity Oaks Napa Pinot Noir ($9).

2011 Garnet Vineyards Monterey County Pinot Noir

Inducing happy beach dancing, 2011 Garnet Vineyards Monterey County Pinot Noir ($15) embodies coastal minerality.

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2012 Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir

Pair wine bar-appropriate 2012 Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir ($20) with roasted nuts.

2012 Folie à Deux Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

Tannic, crowd-pleasing 2012 Folie à Deux Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir ($20) resembles old-school English holiday pudding.

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2012 Nobilo Icon Malborough New Zealand Pinot Noir

Iron-y, grassy 2012 Nobilo Icon Malborough New Zealand Pinot Noir ($22) tastes strangely of lamb's blood.

2012 Educated Guess Carneros Pinot Noir

Bourbon barrel-scented 2012 Educated Guess Carneros Pinot Noir ($25) likens to old fashioneds.

2011 Bluxome Street Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

Food-required Bluxome Street Winery Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($45) has a sharp, horseradish-y mustard flavor.

Photos: Nicole Perry
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