More Additions to Under $30 Pinot Noir Worth Drinking
2018 Bogle Vineyards California Pinot Noir
$8.88 (Pavilions supermarket on bottom shelf). Vinted and
bottled by Bogle Vineyards, Clarksburg, CA. Wine Enthusiast
American Winery of the Year 2019.
Moderately light garnet
color in the glass. Black cherry aroma infused with baking
spices and a hint of toasty oak. Flavors of darkest cherry and
black raspberry in a light to mid-weight style with a dusting of
oak in the background. Silky tannins and easygoing, with a
juicy, cherry-fueled finish. Excellent value.
2018 Juggernaut Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
alc., pH 3.68, TA 0.54, $18.88 (Pavilions supermarket).
Produced and bottled by Juggernaut Wine Co, Clarksburg, CA
(part of the Bogle Family). Released June 2020. Very attractive
label and very heavy bottle. Aged 12 months in both new and
used French oak barrels.
Moderately light garnet color in the
glass. Pleasant but very demure aroma of black cherry and a
hint of toasty oak. Much better on the palate, with mid-weight,
flavors of black cherry, raspberry and cola backed by soft
tannins. There is a little too much oak in the background most
evident on the somewhat lengthy finish. Best when first opened
but the nose never really comes alive. I prefer the much less
expensive Bogle California Pinot Noir produced by the same
2019 The Pinot Project California Pinot Noir
$10.99 (Bottle Barn, Santa Rosa). Vinted and bottled by The
Pinot Project, Geyserville, CA.
Moderately light garnet color in
the glass. Inviting aromas of red cherry, allspice and oak spice.
Light to mid-weight in style, featuring flavors of cherry and ripest
strawberry with a dustin go oak. No rough edges, with silky
tannins and a cherry-fueled finish with some length. Excellent
2019 Trader Joe’s Lot #207 Sonoma Coast Reserve Pinot Noir
13.8% alc., $9.99 (Trader Joe’s, various locations). Vinted
and bottled by ABJ Wines, Geyserville, CA. (Also, look for
“Platinum Reserve” lineup of Pinot Noir from Russian River
Valley, Spring Mountain and Sta. Rita Hills, all priced at $14.99.
Trader Joe’s Pinot Noir can be hit or miss as the source may be
over-produced bulk wine, even declassified wine, acquired from varying sources with each release.
garnet color in the glass. This beauty reeks of pinotosity.
Moderately light garnet color in the glass. Aromas of strawberry,
cranberry and rose petal. Lighter in weight, but packed with
delightful black cherry, raspberry and cinnamon spice flavors.
Only a phantom touch of oak. Still very good when tasted
several hours later from a previously opened bottle. Pour this
wine in an expensive empty bottle of Pinot Noir and fool your
friends! A total steal at this price.
2018 Niner Wine Estates Edna Valley Pinot Noir
$24.95 (K&L Wines, San Francisco). Produced and bottled by
Niner Wine Estates, Paso Robles, CA. Sourced from the familyowned,
estate Jespersen Ranch Vineyard that is sustainably
farmed. 7 clones. 100% Pinot Noir.
Moderate garnet color in the
glass. Effusive aroma of black cherry with a hint of toasty oak.
Mid-weight plus core of luscious black cherry and blackberry
fruit flavors.The delightful charge of fruit has the support of
adequate acidity and complimentary fine-grain tannins. Wellmade
with good harmony.
Readers of the PinotFile chimed in with their personal recommendations for domestic Pinot Noir priced under
$30 that they enjoy drinking:
Anthill Farms Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Baileyana Firepeak Edna Valley Pinot Noir
Bernardus Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
Birichino Saint Georges Central Coast Pinot Noir
County Line Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Decoy Limited Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Folk Machine Brosseau Vineyard Chalone Pinot Noir
Frank Family Los Carneros Pinot Noir
Hanzell Sebella Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir
Adelsheim Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Ayres Perspective Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir
Bethel Heights Estate Pinot Noir
Evesham Wood Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Freja Oregon Pinot Noir
Haden Fig Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Holloran Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Ken Wright Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
J Christopher “Basalte” Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir
Patricia Green Cellars Estate Ribbon Ridge Pinot Noir
Planet Oregon Oregon Pinot Noir
Solena Estate Grand Cuvée Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
Violin Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
I received an email from www.wineslash.com on November 29. They were selling a 2017 Steele Bien Nacido
Vineyard Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir for $19 (retail $38) The fruit was sourced from the N Block, an very
desirable old vine section of Bien Nacido Vineyard planted to Martini clone in the 1970s. I have not tasted the
wine. Steele Wines, owned by veteran winemaker Jed Steele, was sold this year and all stock is being sold off.