windyoakpinot.jpgConsidered one of the top American pinot noirs under $30, Windy Oaks Estate Terra Narro, vintage 2007 is lovely beyond belief. Soft without ever becoming ephemeral, the 13.9% alc. creation exudes depth, spice, bottom notes of cola and a long suspension of minerals all showcasing the grape’s mother lode of plum, tamarind and licorice. Look for it on every civilized wine shelf.

Thanks to winemaker Jim Schultze for providing the next best thing to a trip to Burgundy.