Monday, February 13, 2012

Miracles Happen: Three Worthy Pinot Noirs for $25 or Less

Pinot Noir is a budgetary nightmare for most of us. Pinot is a finicky grape, which makes it difficult to grow, which translates into expensive bottles on the shelves. And that was before the movie that put Pinot Noir in everybody's glass, displacing Merlot.

Recently, I had not one, not two, but THREE bottles of Pinot Noir that were impressive--and none cost more than $25, which is quite reasonable by Pinot Noir standards. If $25 is too much for you--or you like more traditional tasting wines--scroll down to the final recommendation. At $12, it's a steal.

2010 Davis Bynum Pinot Noir (suggested retail $25; available in the market for $20-24) This excellent QPR example of Russian River Valley Pinor Noir has full-bore raspberry aromas and flavors with a burnt sugar edge. The mouthfeel is silky, with lots of toast and spice. The finish is long, with cinnamon and clove notes.

2010 Echelon Pinot Noir Russian River Valley (suggested retail $24.99; use the winery's "where to buy" feature to find a bottle near you) For around the same price as the Davis Bynum, and from grapes grown in the same place, this very good QPR example has intense raspberry fruit with a slightly candied edge to the flavors. The aftertaste is spicy, but less complex and dominated by clove notes.

2010 Casa Silva Pinot Noir Reserva (suggested retail $12) You might not expect to find Pinot Noir in Chile, but think again. This wine was much lighter in style, which some prefer, with pure raspberry aromas and flavors. You can't beat it for the price, this is a simple and delicious expression of the grape. Excellent QPR for a wine that will appeal to fans of more traditional Pinot Noir.

Full Disclosure: I received samples of these wines for possible review.

7 comments:

Wine Novice1 said...

Love a good, inexpensive Pinot Noir. Thanks again!!

David said...

Yes, it is a rare find to find good pinot in this price range...thanks for sharing. My go to value pinot of late has been Bouchard Fils & Aine, from Southern France. Only about $10!

Dishing Gourmet said...

After a couple months hiatus I just stopped in to check out your blog again and boy do I have a lot of posts to catch up on! Keep 'em coming!

monty said...

Fantastic Wine!!

VS Very Special, or ??? (three stars) where the youngest brandy is stored at least two years in cask.
Cognac Terms

monty said...

Fantastic Wine!!

VS Very Special, or ??? (three stars) where the youngest brandy is stored at least two years in cask.
Cognac Terms

cheeseblab said...

I'm not drinking any @#$!& merlot!

Mark said...

Good Pinot under $20?

Hard to believe, I had a glass of Mark West at a restaurant....under duress pretty much....was actually pleasantly surprised by the quality.