Value Pinots For the Holidays

High quality, low price wines to serve for the season


Pinot Noir is probably the most popular choice for Thanksgiving Day tables and the holiday parties that follow. This can present certain problems, mainly the difficult challenge of finding high quality Pinots at wallet friendly prices.
 
High quality Pinot is a bit of a vague description, and rightfully so. I recently tasted through two dozen value priced Pinot Noirs (that’s under $16 for those who are counting), and I was pleased to find a few standouts among the bunch. Each offered a different take and style of Pinot, meaning that every Pinot lover can find a wine that he or she will love to share this holiday season without breaking the bank. From light, intense and etched to opulently blackberry fruited and dosed with vanilla, there is a great value wine here for every palate.

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2010 Jovino Pinot Noir Oregon 13.5% $16

Not a complicated wine, this is nonetheless a joy to drink with intense cherry and raspberry fruit in a light, zesty style featuring hints of spices and green herbs. 88pts Read the Full Review Here
 
Acid: Medium - High
Tannin: Medium - Low
Perceived Sweetness: Low
Oak: Low
Spicy flavors: Low
Savory Flavors: Medium - Low
Fruity Flavors: Medium
Intensity of Flavors: Medium - High
Mouthfeel: Medium – Low

2010 The Seeker Pinot Noir Vin de Pays du Puy de Dome 13% $14

Rather complex with wild strawberry and cherry fruit that shows a faint edge of earthy animal. A nice, relatively complex alternative to most Pinot at this price. 88pts Read the Full Review Here
 
Acid: Medium
Tannin: Medium - Low
Perceived Sweetness: Low
Oak: Medium - Low
Spicy flavors: Low
Savory Flavors: Medium
Fruity Flavors: Medium
Intensity of Flavors: Medium
Mouthfeel: Medium – Low

2009 Stoneleigh Pinot Noir Marlborough 14% $14

This features lovely ripe cherry fruit framed with light herbal notes over a base of earthy elements. There are some tannins here, enough to keep this tense in the mouth, but the fruit and acidity are really the stars. 88pts Read the Full Review Here
 
Acid: Medium - High
Tannin: Low
Perceived Sweetness: Low
Oak: Medium - Low
Spicy flavors: Low
Savory Flavors: Medium - Low
Fruity Flavors: Medium - High
Intensity of Flavors: Medium
Mouthfeel: Medium – Low

2009 Hangtime Pinot Noir California 13.5% $15

Smooth and ever so slightly chewy on entry, this packs in a fair amount of richness without feeling weighty in the mouth. In the mouth, this turns into a fruit bomb with bold cherry and blueberry fruit wrapped in creamy, butterscotch oak flavors that show some sweetness. This is a little fruity for my palate but people are going to love it. 88pts Read the Full Review Here
 
Acid: Medium - Low
Tannin: Low
Perceived Sweetness: Low
Oak: Medium
Spicy flavors: Medium
Savory Flavors: Low
Fruity Flavors: Medium
Intensity of Flavors: Medium
Mouthfeel: Medium

2011 Menage a Trois Pinot Noir California 13.5% $12

Almost seamless in the mouth with faint tannins and the acid backbone that makes Pinot deceptively delicate. The fruit shows good raspberry and watermelon notes that are topped with a hint of smoke and very subtle oak elements that drive the finish. 87pts Read the Full Review Here
 
Acid: Medium
Tannin: Low
Perceived Sweetness: Low
Oak: Low
Spicy flavors: Medium - Low
Savory Flavors: Medium - Low
Fruity Flavors: Medium
Intensity of Flavors: Medium - Low
Mouthfeel: Medium – Low

2010 Main Street Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County 13.5% $13

There's good intensity to the sweet cherry fruit here, which is wrapped in gentle wood spice with nice accents of smoldering dried herbs. This is on the softer side making it quite smooth in the mouth. 87pts  Read the Full Review Here      
 
Acid: Medium - Low
Tannin: Medium - Low
Perceived Sweetness: Medium - Low
Oak: Medium - Low
Spicy flavors: Medium - Low
Savory Flavors: Medium
Fruity Flavors: Medium
Intensity of Flavors: Medium
Mouthfeel: Medium

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Value Pinots 11/2012

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Dobbes Family Estate Pinot Noir Willamette Valley Griffin's Cuvée (2010)
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The Seeker Pinot Noir (2010)
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Stoneleigh Pinot Noir Marlborough (2009)
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Hangtime Cellars Pinot Noir California (2009)
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Menage a Trois Pinot Noir (2011)
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Main Street Pinot Noir (2010)
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Newman's Own Pinot Noir (2010)
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William Cole Vineyards Albamar Pinot Noir (2011)
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Yering Station Pinot Noir-Yarra Yalley (2008)
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Garnet Pinot Noir Monterey (2010)
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Seaglass Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County (2011)
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Lai Lai Pinot Noir Chile Red (2009)
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Mcmanis Family Vineyards Pinot Noir San Joaquin County (2011)
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Bogle Vineyards Pinot Noir Russian River Valley (2009)
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15.
Thierry and Guy Pinot Noir Fat Bastard (2009)
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Trinity Oaks Pinot Noir California (2010)
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17.
Gérard Bertrand Viognier Vin de Pays d'Oc Réserve Spéciale (2010)
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18.
Jargon Pinot Noir (2010)
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19.
Parducci Small Lot Blend Pinot Noir (2009)
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20.
J. Lohr Estates Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir (2010)
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Mark West Pinot Noir California (2010)
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Langetwins Pinot Noir Clarksburg (2010)
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The Crusher Pinot Noir (2009)
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24.
Redwood Creek Pinot Noir United States California Red (2009)
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  • Snooth User: spoonman
    100712 51

    Surprised to not see any King Estates Pinots on the list. I have found them to be a pretty good drink.

    Nov 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM


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