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Good, Cheap Pinot Noir for Under $15

Budget-friendly Pinot Noir Picks

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Pinot Noir may be the toughest grape to grow, but the effort is well worth the investment. When it comes to Pinot Noir the price typically reflects the investment; with higher prices running the gamut for solid Pinot Noir from reputable vineyards and producers. However, with a little effort it's possible to scout out some good, value-driven Pinot Noir in the under $15 price range. Below we've highlighted consistent producers that make Pinot Noir accessible to all based on price, distribution and overall value. Pinot Noir remains one of the most food-friendly red wine grapes, versatile for completing a wide variety of foods and flavors, light enough to woo "non-red wine" drinkers, and priced from $6-50+, willing and ready to fit every budget. You might notice that vintage years have been omitted with these Pinot Noir recommendations. We've decided to focus on producers that strive for consistent quality Pinot Noir year after year, with an eye on entry-level, budget-friendly wines.

1. Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir (FR) $13

Bouchard Aine & Fils
Looking for a bargain from Burgundy? Then look no further than this Bouchard Aine & Fils red Burgundy find. Made exclusively from Pinot Noir grapes, this particular wine offers up some unexpected floral notes along with bright red berry fruit, with a keen focus on Bing cherry. Balanced acidity, earthy undertones, understated oak influences and a lighter body, with subtle tannin structure make this a top pick for value wines from the famed Burgundy region. Versatile and food-friendly, give this red a whirl with everything from roasted game to poultry and smoked salmon.

2. Mark West Pinot Noir (CA) $10

Mark West Pinot Noir is a fantastic value wine find. This particular ruby colored Pinot presents ripe raspberry aromas and delicious cherry fruit on the palate with a dash of vanilla. It is a medium-bodied, silky smooth, red wine that offers a tremendous amount of food versatility.

3. Robert Mondavi Private Selection Pinot Noir (CA) $10

Strawberries galore, wrapped in super subtle tannins. This is an elegant red wine made to go the distance from informal backyard barbecues to formal dinners - Mondavi has made a wine that can truly do it all. All this for a very reasonable price.

4. Mirassou Pinot Noir (CA) $10

This particular Pinot Noir is always a party-pleaser. Easy on the palate with fresh cherry and strawberry-based fruit and super subtle tannin, even our "white wine only" guests find a friend in Mirassou Pinot. p>

5. Veramonte Pinot Noir (Chile) $12

Veramonte
Pinot Noir is an up and coming grape from Chile's burgeoning cool climate region of the Casablanca Valley. Veramonte puts together an exceptional value-driven Pinot complete with fresh, forward red fruit, a medium body, and a soft, plush palate feel. Perfect for pairing with roasted lamb, grilled salmon and dill, or a variety of game birds.

6. DeLoach Heritage Reserve Pinot Noir (CA) $15

The DeLoach Heritage Pinot Noir is a remarkable value wine, a medium-bodied red wine with cherry cola and strawberry jam in the palate mix. This wine is well balanced, well priced and well-distributed - making it a perfect wine for a wide range of occasions.

7. Shoofly Yarra Valley Pinot Noir (Australia)$10

Shoofly
Ripe cherry fruit with a touch of warm spice and a dash of vanilla in the mix, Shoofly's Pinot Noir is a favorite budget-friendly Pinot pick for its easy-going palate personality, bottle balance, and extreme food-pairing affections.

8. King Estate Acrobat Pinot Noir (OR) $15

King Estate
A super-value Pinot Noir from one of Oregon's largest producers. This Pinot Noir has remarkable fruit on the nose with ripe raspberry and cherry vying for attention. The palate flavors center on cranberry and cherry fruit with a soft tannin structure and engaging finish. Perfect for picnics!

9. Bonterra Pinot Noir (CA) $15

Bonterra's 2010 Pinot Noir offers a medium-bodied, easy-going red wine that is downright delicious and enjoys extraordinary food-pairing versatility - a perfect everyday wine. Made with organic grapes grown in Mendocino, the aromas on this pleasing Pinot consist largely of bright red fruit, think raspberry and strawberry, with a touch of sweet vanilla spice and cherry pie in the mix. On the palate you can expect similar fresh fruit to hustle forward with pure strawberry dominating the dance and an impressive overall balance steering the wine's melody. Perfect pairing partners include: pasta dishes with red sauce, burgers, pizza, mushroom-driven themes, a wide variety of appetizers, grilled chicken, steak or pork chops and an expansive list of choice cheese.

10. Hahn Estates Pinot Noir (CA) $14

Hahn Estates
This well-priced Pinot Noir from Hahn Estates promises plenty of ripe raspberry and bright cherry on the nose mixed with earthy undertones and sweet vanilla spice. The palate profile is brimming with a triple berry blend of raspberry, strawberry, and Bing cherry with silky textures and a medium bodied style. Perfect for pairing with a variety of summer time favorites, this particular Pinot will bring out the best in grilled pork, poultry, or even portabella mushroom.

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