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31 Aug 2021 | Jessica Martinez


My go-to barbecue varietal with red meat has always been Pinot Noir.  And not just the meat--It generally goes well with all of the side dishes that come along with the BBQ, too.

So I wanted to show you guys some of my top picks/new wines for great values in Pinot Noirs under $40 while the weather outside is still warm!

Hyland Estates 2019 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Expressive and pretty on the nose, aromas of rose, violet, sandalwood, vanilla bean and red cherry. On the palate: fresh raspberry, red cherry, loads of baking spice, black pepper, juicy, balanced, fine tannins. Lively now with texture that will build in the cellar.

$23.99 per bottle


Bravium 2019 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County

Fresh red apple, strawberry, and raspberry fruit, with woodsmoke, damp soil, and pennyroyal tea notes. A soft, juicy entry delivers intense cherry flavors, with a touch of mocha and spice. Velvet-textured, with medium acidity and fine-grained tannins

$27.99 per bottle


Failla 2019 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Aromatically the wine has nuances of rose petals, orange zest, cranberries and pomegranate seeds. On the palate the wine has mouth-watering acidity and well structured tannins that tie together with flavors of fresh mushrooms and brambly red berries.

$28.99 per bottle


Cristom 2019 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

This is the dark brooding side of Pinot Noir. With some stem inclusion you get hints of tobacco and green leafy notes. It is a more masculine side of pinot noir, think cigar lounge with deep spice and dark fruits.

$28.99 per bottle


Failla 2019 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast

This is such an elegant and balanced Pinot Noir in a slightly richer style for Sonoma Coast from expert winemaker Ehren Jordan and his lovely wife Anne-Marie Failla.  Medium body and fresh Montmorency Cherry, raspberry and a hint of rhubarb pie fill the senses and are rounded out with a little sous bois (forest floor) and subtle brown spice.  A bright mid-palate leads into a long and lingering finish that accentuates the spice notes along with a savory leather aroma and darker fruits.  This Pinot is seamless and pairs with everything from pork chops to filet.

$36.99 per bottle


Trail Marker 2017 Pinot Noir, Saveria Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains

This wine definitely took a minute to open up and show its true colors. Once it did the cherry and strawberry jumped from the glass with backnotes of tomato leaf and chamomile tea. The palate reflects the nose really well with the addition of fine tannins and more punch to the fruit on the mid palate leaving a bit of a feminine touch to the finish of the wine. Lots of high notes on the 2017, tons of vibrancy and energy waiting to jump out of the glass. 

$39.99 per bottle


Averaen 2017 Pinot Noir “Flood Line”, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Ripe, juicy cherries with other soft red fruit notes on the nose. The palate is see lees in texture, showing soft curvy body with no ridged edges. The palate is full of tart red raspberry and hints of herbaceous spice. Fine grain tannins and medium acidity leave you craving another sip.

$28.99 per bottle


Blue Ox 2019 Pinot Noir “Brotherhood of the Grape”, Lime Kiln Valley, California

The nose opens up with bright red fruits, crunchy cranberries and soft red cherries. The palate has a ton of depth and structure. Fine tannins give the wine structure without being overly dry. Finishes with some green crunchy notes that dance along the palate.

$37.99 per bottle

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