A Spectator’s View of 2005 CA Pinot
OK…more than likely we are all buying up 2005 California Pinots because they have largely all hit the market. At least those of us who enjoy experimenting with CA Pinot are looking to this vintage.
Being a guy who appreciates statistics and being further a guy who understands that the Wine Spectator is an important trend setter for quality considerations, I decided to take a look at what the Wine Spectator has had to say about CA Pinots from the 05 vintage.
Here’s what we have.
2005 CA Pinots Reviewed by the Wine Spectator
(Appellation, % w/ 90 Points or more, % w/80 pts or less, total wines reviewed)
California Pinots—-26% w/90pts—-(7% less than 80pts)—–417 wines reviewed
Russian River-——-27% w/ 90pts—-(6% less than 80pts)——179 wines reviewed
Carneros—————14% w/ 90pts——(6% less than 80pts)……35 wines reviewed
Sonoma Coast——-30% w/90pts——(3% less than 80pts)——67 wines reviewed
Santa Lucia———–41% w/90 pts—–(0% less than 80pts)——-34 wines reviewed
Santa Rita-————30% w/90 pts—–(4% less than 80pts)——-55 wines reviewed
Anderson Vly-——-42% w/90 pts—–(4% less than 80pts)—–24 wines reviewed
Interesting isn’t it. Look at Santa Lucia and Anderson Valley.
Now, you can take this as an indication of what the folks over at the Wine Spectator like in their Pinot and what they think of the Pinots from these appellations OR you can take it as an indicator of quality from these different regions. This all depends on how well your palate matches up with the palate of the Wine Spectator critics.
That said, I’m pretty darn proud of my favorite little appellation that could: Anderson Valley. I did a similar comparison with the 2004 vintage that’s a bit more extensive. You can find it HERE.