30 Best of California For California Wine Month

Each day in September, we'll feature an outstanding California wine from our 2014 tastings.
Wine of the day:

94 | Relic $58
2011 Sonoma Coast Kashaya Pinot Noir

Sourced from a vineyard situated at 1,200 feet a mere 3.5 miles from the Pacific, this feels a bit reductive and masked by the cocoa tones of new oak, and takes some time to come into focus. There's a red-fruited power to the wine that's impressive, an exuberance that builds as it takes on air, the alcohol giving the fruit an inviting warmth. It's not exactly restrained, but it opens up into a beautifully textural wine, interwoven with firm tannins and a deep, black truffle–scented complexity. Give this a few years in the cellar, then serve with something equally decadent, like duck breast in a foie gras sauce. (425 cases) Relic Wines, St. Helena, CA—Luke Sykora

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