Good Value Pinot Noir
Last week, I attended an Australian wine tasting here in Toronto. One wine that really impressed me was the 2005 Wolf Blass Yarra, Victoria Pinot Noir at $13.99Cdn., $17.15 taxes and deposit in. It had an intense nose of ripe strawberries, spice and flowers with a long finish and elegant tannin structure.
I used to really enjoy Cono Sur PN from Chile, but the last few vintages have been disappointing. Also, Trapiche PN from Argentina is no longer available in my market.
So, with basic Beaune level PN's now often over $30, what are some of your inexpensive PN recs?
While my view is largely determined by what's available at the SAQ, New Zealand is my main source for affordable Pinot Noir these days. A good example is Sherwood, which retails for around C$19 in Ontario and Quebec.
In the same price range, look for the Pinot Noir from Tasmania's Ninth Island.
For a few dollars more, Argyle's low-end bottling (Willamette Valley, I believe) is pretty quaffable.
MONTES "Limited Release" Pinot Noir '06 from Chile has been a real "eye-opener"
for our wine group............$12.99 and yummy ...........needs about 10 mins of air
to release itself and then it's very very good..........
two decent everyday drinking pinots are Cycles Gladiator and Rex Goliath. both you can find for $10.99 or less. Anapamu and Erath are also inexpensive, and tasty.