Another T day query
I'm trying to cut back a bit on the cost of wine this year compared to last year (more guests, the economy: we're supposed to be *tightening our belts, ya know?) and I'm having trouble making a red selection. Although Pinot noir is the standby for thanksgiving, I find it hard to find a decent one for less than $20. I'd like to spend more like $15 or less. I'm looking for something plain delicious, easy-going, quaffable, not too acidic or fruit forward. I brought home a few bottles (a couple Italian, one Spanish to try and and the wife found them too acidic. Any ideas? (the local wine shop is open until 3pm tomorrow, so I still have time!) Thanks!
2006 Pedroncelli Russian River Pinot Noir
Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir - Pinot done with carbonic maceration to produce a more beaujolais style pinot.
Three Rivers - River's Red Columbia Valley 2006 - a great blend from washington
You may do better if you expand your options beyond Pinot Noir (for which it can be very tough to find a good one in the $15 range). Consider Cotes du Rhone, many good examples of which can be found in the $15 range, and the past several years (going back to 2003) have all been great vintages. Or consider a beaujolais (not the nouveau stuff).