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Wines to Make You Forget Burgundy

A selection of 15 of California's finest pinot noirs that, while expensive, are as good or better than most red Burgundies

Red Burgundy is the ultimate minefield of the wine world—notoriously unreliable, often disappointing, and rarely living up to its illustrious reputation. No region in the world has made greater progress with the fickle pinot noir grape than California, and here are some of the best pinot noirs money can buy from that state. None of them is inexpensive, but most of them will eclipse almost any red Burgundy made today.

89-91 points J. Rochioli Vineyard 2006 Pinot Noir Estate (Russian River)