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Top 10 Pinot Noir Recommendations From $11-20


Pinot Noir may be the toughest grape to grow, but the effort is well worth the investment. This is "every man's" grape, versatile for completing a wide variety of foods and flavors, light enough to woo "non-red wine" drinkers, and priced from $11-20, willing and ready to fit every budget.

1. Beaulieu Pinot Noir Carneros 2003 (California) $18

Beaulieu Vineyard's Pinot Noir Carneros 2003 (California)is a bold Pinot Noir with heartier fruit flavors and touches of oak. Will work wonders on steak entrees.

2. Kendall-Jackson Pinot Noir 2002 (California) $11

The Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Pinot Noir 2002 (California) generally retails for about $11. This award winning wine has rich blackberry and plum flavored wine with a tea-like taste on the finish. Great match for a wide variety of dishes, particularly lightly seasoned fish, poultry or pork.

3. Wild Horse Pinot Noir 2003(California) $20

This is an elegant Pinot Noir from California's Wild Horse Vineyards. Fruit forward flavors of strawberry and raspberry greet the palate, followed with a soft, lingering finish.

4. Beringer Pinot Noir Longwood 2002 (California) $14

Beringer's Pinot Noir 2002 (California) retails for $12. This award-winning wine has a bit more oak flavor combined with the typical berry and plums, making it more interesting than your average Pinot Noir.

5. Blackstone Pinot Noir 2002 (California) $11

The Blackstone Pinot Noir 2002 (California) retails for around $10 a bottle. This Pinot Noir has notable earthy tones enriched with ripe berry, making it a more detailed and layered wine.

6. Meridian Vineyards Pinot Noir 2001 (California) $12

Meridian Vineyards Pinot Noir 2001 (California) available for $12 a bottle, offers a cherry and floral flavored wine with a bit of a peppery kick, at an exceptional price.

7. Fetzer Vineyards Pinot Noir 2000 (California) $13

Fetzer Vineyards Pinot Noir 2000 (California) sells for $13 a bottle. This Pinot Noir mingles vanilla and oak with ripe berries successfully packaged in a brilliant ruby red.

8. Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir 2003 (California) $13

Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir 2002 (California) sells for $16. This is a blackberry, cranberry flavored wine with touches of tea and spice. A lovely compliment to favorite family foods, due to its verstatile flavor components.

9. A to Z 2003 Pinot Noir (Oregon) $16

A to Z 2003 (California) sells for $16. A wine blended from 16 different estate grapes, offering a fresh raspberry and blackberry flavor with undertones of oak and vanilla spice.

10. Frei Brothers Pinot Noir 2003 (California) $20

Frei Brothers Pinot Noir 2003 (California) typically retails at $20 a bottle. This fruit-forward, medium-bodied wine has delicious flavors of super ripe cherries and raspberries, mixed with a splash of vanilla.
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