Great Value Pinot Noir

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Fairly oaky on the nose but at the same time this offers up attractive tart red berried fruit though the longer it sits in the glass the more it smells of wood spice and yet there are some underlying floral, grapefruit and cherry aromas that are putting up a fight. Fairly rich and nicely polished , you can sense both the acid and tannin here but the float under the veneer of oak induced sweetness and vaguely jammy cherry fruit that shows a nice forest floor note on the back palate. Everything comes together nicely on the finish with both acid and tannin supporting a fine blend of wood spice and raspberryish fruit. While this may be a bit chunky and obvious it is an amazing value at this price. 87pts
Very delicate on the nose with lacy aromas of spiced strawberry fruit, freshly turned earth and some used wood. Light and elegant in the mouth this enters with a hint of baby fat but quickly turns taut and transparent in the mouth. the flavors are subtle and recall the tart berry and used wood found on the nose. theres a fine base of ripe supple tannins adding support in the mouth here and they stick out just a touch on the moderately long and simple tart red berried finish but i find that attractive. This is very subtle but that is what many look for in Oregon Pinot. I find this very attractive but others might find it a bit too restrained. 87pts
Pretty richly fruited on the nose with jammy black berry and cherry  aromas framed with wood spice and dried herb notes. Rich and a bit chewy in the mouth, this is a fairly powerful Pinot Noir with attractive dried herb and cola flavors accenting the core of meaty black berry fruit. The mid palate does turn a touch hollow as the wood spice replace the fruit on the transition to the finish which is moderately long and fairly spicy with a nice herbal inner mouth perfume. This lacks a bit of focus perhaps but is a fairly classic north coast Pinot Noir. 86pts
Tight on the nose with lightly smoky oak notes over a base of stemmy, rose scented red berry, lingonberry fruit. Simple with immediate and attractive red cherry fruit, this gains some detail and nuance on the palate with lovely hints of dried herb stems and used wood. The texture here is also attractive and while this does thin out on the midpalate before fading on the finish the wine maintains its balance with acid and tannin fading out hand in hand. This has a simple flavor profile but has a very attractive texture. 86pts 
A bit leafy on the nose and very much identifiable as Pinot Noir with its modest underlay of oak supporting cola tinged black cherry and blackberry fruit.  This is a little sweet and plump in the mouth, with more oak on the palate than the nose might lead one to believe but still there is attractive cherry fruit here and delicate sage and dried herb accents on the midpalate but the oak takes over on the moderately long finish leaving the palate with toasty spice flavors. 84pts

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Top Value Pinot Noir Tasted /2013

Hahn Winery Pinot Noir California (2011)
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Primarius Pinot Noir Oregon (2011)
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  • Snooth User: vermouth22
    127597 30

    What about some of that awesome Rhine-ish Spätburgunder? Some great deals there. Maybe a feature on those if you haven't done one yet.

    Sep 05, 2013 at 4:15 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
    89065 185,495

    I haven't seen many under $20 but i will investigate. They can be very compelling wines.

    Sep 05, 2013 at 4:36 PM

  • Here are 2 that i'm alittle surprised did not make your list. Mac Murry Ranch Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2009 + Chateau st Jean Pinot Noir California 2010. Both anywhere from 14.00 - 17.00 range.

    Sep 05, 2013 at 7:18 PM

  • Snooth User: Richard Foxall
    Hand of Snooth
    262583 2,749

    I've had some good bottles of the MacMurray in the past, but I think it's become just a little too generic as they became part of a bigger concern. Karah, formerly Windy Hill, makes some good stuff for the price from a big hill that I think qualifies as Petaluma Wind Gap, and it goes for a mere $16 if you can find it. I think what we will see when the 2012s start releasing is lots of shiners and one offs that are great values, but no one can rely on those in years to come. Still, there's so much great juice from 2012 that high end wineries will sell it off in bulk. I've already talked to a couple places that will have to do that to make room for the 2013s.

    Sep 06, 2013 at 12:18 PM

  • When you drink wine on a budget, you have to work at it to be able to drink good wine consistently. With Pinot Noir, I have best results in CA, particularly Monterey. Even though the Hahn is a CA wine, I suspect they include quite a bit of their Monterey fruit in it. I really like that wine for that price point. A little bit of trial and error and other gems from CA can be found for $17 or less. It really is worth the effort, and fun, to do your homework. Hey Greg, any American Teroldogo you can point to?

    Sep 06, 2013 at 12:20 PM

  • Snooth User: bmw1175
    115889 175

    A-Z 2009 Pinot Noir is a great alternative to the wines listed here

    Sep 09, 2013 at 5:44 PM

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