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Landmark Grand Detour Pinot Noir is brimming with dark cherries, strawberries, dark plums, chocolate and notes of brown cooking spices.

Drink this: Napa Cellars Pinot Noir At about $18 this 2010 Pinot Noir is luxury you can afford, aromatic, rich and delicious.

Sandra's Weekend Wine: Cono Sur Pinot Noir has good balance, with lovely ripe fruit flavors, supple tannins and acidity.

Monday spotlight: SIMI Pinot Noir, Las Rocas Garnacha, Elie Wine Co. You could write a book about the magic of this Pinot: It has depth, complexity and finesse. It’s voluptuous with big fruit, beautifully infused smoky oak

Tuesday spotlight: La Crema sources Pinot Noir from OR's Willamette Valley. Dry, earthy, herbal, and so tightly wound — what a beautiful Pinot. The blast of cherry, plum, vanilla and herbs is Oregon refined and polished to a sparkling gem. This is a powerful, beautiful wine.

In the spotlight: 2012 Chardonnay, Pinot Noir from J Vineyards The noted Sonoma producer of sparkling wines also makes spectacular Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and this Chardonnay from estate vineyards in Russian River. The 2012 vintage, declared one of the finest in decades, shows its class.

Cambria Pinot Noir Julia's Vineyard 2006 -- (USA, California, Santa Maria Valley)

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Echelon Collection Series Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2010 - A Flavorful And Spicy Saturday Splurge

Echelon Collection Series Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2010 - A Flavorful And Spicy Saturday Splurge. $25

The Parducci Small Lot Blend Cabernet Sauvignon Mendocino County 2009, $11, is an exceptional Cab for the price — the flavors are soft and approachable –  black currants, cherries, plums, brown spices and dark chocolate.

An affordable luxury: La Crema's Monterey series. This winery has been devoted to cool climate varietals — Chardonnay and Pinot Noir — for more than 30 years. Home base is the Russian River Valley, but La Crema makes a number of lines at various price points from many other cool appellations in California. Here’s a tasting of two from the Monterey series

Wednesday spotlight: Faust Cabernet, Gnarly Head Pinot Noir and La Crema Pinot Gris Today’s reviews feature wines from some of California’s most notable producers: Agustin Huneeus, the Delicato family and Jackson Family Wines