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.