27 Jan Classic California Pinot Noir – Diora 2018 La Petite Grace
California Pinot Noir vs. Oregon Pinot Noir.
The same grape, grown in different climates, topographies
and soils, will deliver wines that
have markedly different taste profiles.
Oregon Pinot Noir is typically light-to-medium bodied
with high acidity and dominant flavors of
cranberry and strawberry.
California Pinot Noir usually has a fuller body
with rich, lush dark fruit flavors.
Just in time for the weekend,
it’s Wine Thursday!.
Every week, we single out a quality wine
that’s a good buy and is easy to find,
either at brick-and-mortar retail or online.
This week, we’re checking out a Pinot Noir
from an area known as California’s
North Central Coast.
From vineyards located in the hills near Monterrey,
Diora Pinot Noir might throw you off a bit.
It’s big, ripe and super-rich with flavors of
chocolate, caramel and sweet cherry.
I initially mistook it for a zinfandel…without the spice.
California has a preponderance of microclimates
where many variations on the Pinot Noir theme
are now being produced.
But the Diora La Petite Grace is a throwback to
old-school California Pinot.
It’s full-bodied, fruity and crafted to please the crowd.
You can find Diora 2018 Pinot Noir at QFC for $16.99.
The price at Total Wine is $17.99.
Fred Meyer has it for $18.99.
The price at Safeway and Albertsons is $19.99.
You can order it from Empire Wine for $17.95
The price is the same at Buy Wines Online, $17.95
Napa Cabs lists it at $19.99