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Cheap Pinot Noir Wines

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Cheap Pinot Noir Wines And so we begin. We kick off this round of our Global Tasting Initiative by focusing on value Pinot Noirs, which might sound like an oxymoron. Since we are talking about Pinot Noir, I’ve drawn the "value" line at $15 a bottle.

While that may seem generous to many, the truth is I just had to kiss a lot of frogs, nasty, dirty, devoid of fruit frogs, to come up with a selection of value priced Pinots worth recommending. I was almost tempted to write off the entire category but, low and behold, you can find good Pinot Noir for not a lot of money. You just have to be really particular.

There are many reasons for this, but chief among them is the simple fact that there is not enough Pinot Noir to meet demand. Sadly, many new vineyards seem to be planted in places that make for poor Pinot. I see plenty of thin, weedy Pinot in our future. 

As is often the case, I was able to try wines that have not yet been or have just been released. Some of these wines may not appear in your market for several weeks or months.

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  • Snooth User: EMark
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    Thank you, Greg. I'm sure I can find some of these at the local purveyor.

    Nov 15, 2011 at 3:10 PM


  • Unlike other Chilean Pinots I tasted (some of them claiming much higher status like Reserva, Special Selection etc.) this one stands out to advantage: strict in character, crisp and balanced in taste, and strangely no that nasty heavy sulphitic bouquet the Chilean mass-market wines are so notorious for

    Nov 16, 2011 at 12:55 AM


  • Snooth User: SAWI
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    I don't see South African Pinot? Hamilton Russel and Bouchard Finlayson!!

    Dec 06, 2011 at 4:45 AM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    In what world are they considered cheap?

    Dec 06, 2011 at 8:43 AM


  • Snooth User: SAWI
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    I missed that!!!

    Dec 06, 2011 at 9:33 AM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 207,969

    HA! You'll have to wait for $35-$50 International Pinots before I get around to them. Love the Hamilton Russel but have to admit to having never tasted the Bouchard Finlayson. I'll keep a watch out for it though. Thanks for the tip!

    Dec 06, 2011 at 9:58 AM


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