By Sandy Block | The Improper Bostonian

Quality pinot noir isn’t made to a formula, but faithfully reflects its growing conditions. Myriad styles are available, from delicate and nuanced to rich and luscious. While California’s sunny climate almost always enables the grape to fully ripen, its pinot noirs sometimes lack backbone. These three, however, are admirably structured, with enough tangy spice and tart edginess to balance their juicy red fruit flavors.

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