A smoky aftermath for Anderson Valley's Pinots

on 19/10/10 at 10:44 am

Wine

Fires in Mendocino County impacted the wines in 2008

The case of the missing Pinot began in a haze of smoke.

Each year we typically see dozens of bottles of Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley, nestled in western Mendocino County, cross our transom. They form the core of our Mendocino Pinot tasting, and the wines remain some of the most compelling and distinctive in the state.

This year, as we geared up to sample the 2008 vintage, we got maybe 12 bottles. Where were the wines hiding?

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