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janetms383 Jul 27, 2010 08:02 PM

Is having a birthday. I know she loves Russian River Pinot Noir.... my budget is around $30... suggestions?

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    Steve_K Jul 28, 2010 06:01 AM

    Rochioli Pinot Noir

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      janetms383 Jul 28, 2010 10:03 AM

      hmm about double my buget, but thanks for playing

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        drumwine Jul 28, 2010 10:36 AM

        I'll play.....try this:


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          SteveTimko Jul 28, 2010 12:15 PM

          A curve ball. McHenry's is fairly obscure. Recent vintages apparently haven't been as good as earlier vintages this decade. But it's usually thought of as an incredible value. It's from the Santa Cruz Mountains, not Russian River.

        2. re: Steve_K
          Steve_K Jul 30, 2010 01:38 AM

          Wow... it's gone up a fair bit by the look of things! I get it for about £20 in the UK, $32 or so in todays rates

        3. 280 Ninth Jul 28, 2010 10:37 AM

          Not on, but near the Russian River, in Sonoma....Wild Hog PN.


          Another nice PN for when the budget is a bit fatter....Peay Vineyards.


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            RCC Jul 28, 2010 11:38 AM

            I have been on their mailing list for so long, in spite of the fact that I've never actually bought, but I hear and read good things about their wines.
            Here it is:

            Siduri RRV Pinot Noir.

            I looked up winesearcher and saw that recent vintages are available in the mid to upper $20s

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              rickym13 Jul 29, 2010 03:59 PM


              freeman pinot rrv
              macphail pinot
              mi sueno pinot rrv
              scherrer pinot rrv
              de tierra pinot
              anthill farm pinot
              chasseur pinot rrv
              martninelli pinot rrv

            2. tim irvine Jul 29, 2010 04:15 PM

              I am a novice in the area of PN, but I try to find "deals." I have also noticed that while I can SORT OF make some generalizations about PNs from given areas, those pronouncements seem a lot less solid with PN than any other widely used grapes. That said I have found two from other areas that were well under your $30 price point but mighty fine: Cambria St. Julia's Vineyard and Benton Lane...neither Russian River but both very tasty and under $20 but without the "cheap pinot" one dimensional character, at least to me.

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              1. re: tim irvine
                SteveTimko Jul 29, 2010 08:33 PM

                Benton Lane is inconsistent from the ones I've had. But when it's on it can be a great value.

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