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Wine Spectator: Pinot Noir in Washington State? Vintner Charles Smith Sees Potential

April 21, 2022

Leave it to vintner Charles Smith to do something out of left field. Who else but an iconoclast like Smith would plant 373 acres of Pinot Noir in Washington, a state known for Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah? Smith believes the vineyard, named Golden West, is the largest planting of Pinot in the history of Washington.That’s easy to say—according to the USDA, in 2017, when Smith had just started planting, there were only 600 acres of Pinot Noir in the entire state. Smith rarely does anything on a small scale. When the vineyard reaches full production, it could produce 120,000 cases a year. Wine Spectator has the full story.—Tim Fish

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