2018 Cameron Hughes Pinot Noir Russia River Valley Lot 279 $16 - 89 Points

Pretty, violet color in light-medium density and a coy nose that needs time opened to evolve. Surprisingly restrained and lacking the gloppy cola and cherry syrup that many northern California pinots have become known for, this actually tastes like pinot noir! Straightforward and enjoyable, it's simple, but in an endearing way. It's also got a price tag that's unheard of for a wine from this region. Buy it by the case and keep on hand for Tuesday night salmon. 89 Points. (Sample)