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Good Value Pinot Noir

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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?

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  1. I do not know what's available in Toronto, but I often find a number of values from the appellations Côtes de Beaune and Bourgogne. On the domestic American market, labels like La Crema, Cambria and David Bruce (Central Coast) are quite good, and all under $20.

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    1. re: zin1953

      I am not much of a pinot fan, but I would agree that the Cambria pinot noir is an excellent bottle in the sub-$20 price range. For just over $20 (at Trader Joe's in the Boston area), I thought the King Estate pinot was also quite good.

    2. Don't know if you can find it there, but my boyfriend and I really enjoy Meridian's Pinot Noir. For $10-$12 (American), it's a good deal, and I've had far worse wine for twice the price.

      We pair it with almost anything, and have found it to be a versatile staple red wine.

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      1. re: cussbucket

        Agree, Meridian is a well rounded Pinot for the price. I believe wine enthusiast gave it a 86 or 88.

      2. 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.

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        1. re: carswell

          with you on the Ninth Island Pinot - available here in the UK from Waitrose around £9
          Don't care for the Cono Sur one but have found others from Chile to be good. Secano (2005) at Marks and Spencer was a good and very reasonably priced one.

        2. 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..........

          1. 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.