Having said that, let me just say that you really need to know what you want when it comes to Pinot Noir. If you’re looking for more wine at $20 than $15, rest assured you will be successful. In fact, one of the wines I’ve recommended is a veritable fruit bomb, but many of the other wines are simply bigger without necessarily being much better.
One of the reasons that I found it difficult to recommend many of these wines was that bigness, which was mostly represented by an excess of alcohol. At times there was also an excess of extraction that robbed the wine of Pinot’s natural delicacy and finesse. So again, you have to ask yourself if bigger is really better. If your answer is yes, then spending a few extra dollars may result in a better wine for your palate. If the answer is no, then shop very carefully my friends. Very carefully indeed.