Garyvee's Three Pinot Noirs for the Holidays

Posted December 01, 2015

WineLibrary Staff


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As you might have noticed, I haven’t done a lot of wine content recently (sorry, been heads down at work!). With tons of holiday dinners just around the corner, I figured I'd share three Pinots with you that I'm going to be serving at my parents house this year. I hope they can bring you as much joy as they'll bring us!

#1: 2012 Gros Ventre Campbell Ranch Pinot Noir

92 - Galloni
92 - Enthusiast

HUGE, giant, structured, powerful. This could easily substitute for a Cabernet Sauvignon at your dinner table. This is the passion project of Skinner winemaker Chris Pittenger, and his experience with Rhone grapes really shows in this chunky Pinot.

#2: 2013 Tyler Pinot Noir Santa Barbara

92 - Advocate
92 - California Wine Advisors

You probably already know about Justin Willett's wines, but don't sleep on Tyler. They're putting out amazing wine. Tremendous aromatics and minerality on this. Which are basically the two things I look for most in a bottle of wine. This is the perfect bottle to open before dinner to get your guests sniffing and thinking.

#3: 2011 Amore Fati Pinot Noir


You might notice that this has no numbers. Why? Because they make so little of it that they can't spare a single bottle for reviewers. When we tasted this at the store, I was absolutely blown away by the purity and balance of the fruit. This is expertly made Pinot, and might be one of the best examples in the USA. Seek it out now, because you literally can't find it anywhere else.


Gary Vaynerchuk is the whole reason this website exists. He got internet-famous with Wine Library TV, founded VaynerMedia (one of the country's hottest digital agencies), and wrote a few best-selling books along the way. Say hi to him on Twitter: @Garyvee

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Tyler Pinot Noir Santa Barbara

95 California Wine Advisors

Item: 90583

750 mL

Retail: $48.99

$38.95 per btl

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750 mL

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$44.99 per btl

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Gros Ventre Campbell Ranch Pinot...

92 Antonio Galloni - Vinous

Item: 91437

750 mL

Retail: $59.99

$48.98 per btl