Readers looking for a textbook Russian River Pinot should check out the 2018 Pinot Noir Russian River Valley. Offering up a medium ruby hue as well as lots of spiced red fruits, cola, leafy herbs, and flowery incense, it's medium to full-bodied and has a wonderful sense of balance and purity, ripe tannins, and a great finish. It's a big wine (over 15% alcohol), yet it still comes across as light and graceful.

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