Message from California Winemakers: Stop Slandering Our Pinot! Evan Dawson March 20, 2011 Evan Dawson, FCG, Features 35 Comments Winemakers who work hard to bring pure, outstanding Pinot Noir to their customers are sick of accusations about blending with Syrah. But cutting Pinot with Syrah or other varieties is perfectly legal. In California, a wine can be labeled “Pinot Noir” as long as 75% of the wine is Pinot. So why do we care if winemakers are cutting their Pinot?