The Mrs. and I will be in the valley for a few days next month. I could use some advice on wineries putting out a nice pinot. The assumption is the fruit is sourced from someplace outside of Napa. We are fans of SLH fruit. I'd prefer not to go to Carneros, but not opposed to it. My wife has a very California palate and proud of it.
Peter Michael is just north of Calistoga, and although not technically Napa, is easier to get to than crossing the mountains to go into Sonoma, which even then is less than an hour drive to get into the Russian River Valley.
Mondavi, BV and Beringer are right on 29 and do multiple Pinot Noir bottlings.
Over on Silverado Trail you have Clos du Val and Robert Sinskey, and at the Paraduxx facilities I'm sure you can taste through Duckhorn's Pinot bottlings from Anderson Valley.
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Originally posted by NolanE: Peter Michael is just north of Calistoga, and although not technically Napa, is easier to get to than crossing the mountains to go into Sonoma, which even then is less than an hour drive to get into the Russian River Valley.
This is what immediately came to mind for me, too. Their Le Moulin Rouge Pinot can be absolutely fantastic.
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School House is true Napa Valley Pinot, they are on Spring Mountain, about half way up the mountain. The vineyard is planted with the infamous "suitcase clones", definitely pay them a visit if you have the time.
Relic also makes a good Pinot, their current release is the 2010 Kashaya from Sonoma Coast. Depending on your arrangement with them, they may host your tasting at the winery formerly known as Behrens & Hitchcock.
Surprised no one mentioned Rivers Marie, they are based in Napa. Would be a great visit if you can get in.
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