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Wine Spectator Score: 92
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Quality California Pinot Noirs typically don't come cheap (quality being the key word), but every so often, lightning strikes…and that's what has happened here!

Sean Minor began his fine wine career working for Napa Valley's Beaulieu Vineyard, and he knew right from the start the wine industry was the right place for him. He began taking classes at U.C. Davis in Viticultural and Enology in hopes of developing a further understanding of grape growing and wine production. Shortly after that, Sean and his wife Nicole moved to the Pacific Northwest after being recruited by King Estate Winery (widely renown for producing Oregon's largest and most highly regarded Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris) to manage the Estate. It was here that Sean truly began to understand the necessities of producing quality, sustainably-farmed Pinot Noir.

Sean and Nicole returned to California in 2001 for the opportunity to manage Renwood Winery and enhance Sean's experience growing and marketing some of the Golden State's best Zinfandel and Syrah. Four years later, they founded Sean Minor Wines when they noticed that there was a gap in the market. Sean and Nicole were yearning for wines that were easy to enjoy, highlighted the amazing fruit of California, and didn't break the bank-so they made them! They work with growers whose vineyards are strategically located near the cool, marine influences of the sun-filled California Coast who farm sustainably.

Their consulting winemaker is Will Bucklin, who they met while at King Estate. Will is a graduate of UC Davis' prestigious enology program and started his career with an internship at the historic and world-renowned Chateau Lafite Rothschild. Following stints with Thomas Hardy in Australia and Navarro Vineyards in Mendocino, he worked with Sean at King Estate in Oregon.

This Pinot Noir just earned 92 points from Wine Spectator! But just how good of a value is this wine? We did some research; for the 2019 vintage, this is the best price you can get for a 92-point California Pinot Noir in Wine Spectator's database for this vintage! The next lowest priced Pinot Noir on this list is $45.00, and the average priced 92-point California Pinot Noir from this vintage is $65.00.

What could make this an even better buy? How about the fact that this sells at the winery for $22.00, but we have it at $15.99…that's 27% off the winery's price! If you're looking for a great daily-drinker, then this is right up your alley! Medium-bodied with cherry, cola, plum, blueberry and light toast flavors. It is polished and elegant, with lingering spicy/earthy notes and cherry flavors throughout the mid-palate. The vanilla and toast integrates well with the silky round tannins on the lengthy finish.

WINE SPECTATOR 92 POINTS! - "Rich and toasty, with hints of cedar bark to the dried red fruit and berry flavors that are well-knit. The creamy finish is long and plush, with accents of hot stone and cooking spices. Drink now through 2026."
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