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David's Wine Picks - Great Pinot Noir at $25 or Less

(posted: February 21st, 2020)

Wine glasses filled with red and white wines
In this column, published a couple of times a year, David shares his passion for and expert knowledge of fine wines.

In each post he offers several selections that provide great value.

He identifies wines for drinking now, which ones to put away for several years, and those that are worth enjoying now and laying in a supply for future enjoyment.

Enjoy David's Wine Picks, and let us know if there is something you'd like David to review in a future column.

Wine Spectator's Best Pinot Noir Wines at $25 or Less

The Wine Spectator has just published their list of the best red wines released in 2019 priced at $25 or less.

Pinot Noir, long considered a difficult grape to grow but now a global powerhouse, yielded the following highly rated wines in 2019:

Wine Maker and Region Year Rating Price
Innocent Bystander - Central Otago, New Zealand 2017 92 $25
Maison L'Envoye - Williamette Valley, Oregon 2017 91 $20
La Crema - Sonoma Coast 2017 90 $25
Landmark - Monterey, Santa Barbara, Sonoma Counties 2017 90 $25
Lange - Williamette Valley, Oregon Classique 2017 90 $25
Matua - Marlborough, New Zealand 2017 89 $12

Pick up a few bottles of these great Pinot Noirs, presently ready to drink, and enjoy the flavors of pomegranate, cherry, and red currant.

Guide to Ratings:

  • 95 - 100 Classic, a great wine
  • 90 - 94 Outstanding, a wine of superior style and character
  • 85 - 89 Very good wine, with special qualities

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