Averaen Pinot Noir 2017

93
Averaen
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2017
Country of Origin: Oregon
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Retail Price: $19.99

Tasting Notes: This wine is loaded with dark cherry and earthy spice. Loads of acidity bring this insane value of a wine full circle and checks all the boxes.
Averaen Pinot Noir 2017

Sonoma Loeb Pinot Noir 2016

94
Sonoma Loeb
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: California
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Retail Price: $34.99

Tasting Notes: This is bright, intense, red fruit-dominated pinot noir is stunning with more than enough fresh acidity and beautiful texture to make this a standout. The elegance is striking and plentiful because of the lengthy finish.
Sonoma Loeb Pinot Noir 2016

Gran Moraine Pinot Noir

95
Gran Moraine
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: Oregon
Appellation: Yamhill-Carlton District
Retail Price: $55.99

Tasting Notes: This dark, red-hued pinot noir opens with a ripe black cherry bouquet with hints of raspberry, tea and cigar box. On the palate, this wine is medium-bodied, balanced, refined and smooth. The flavor profile is a gentle red plum, flinty minerality, notes of black cherry and a hint of cinnamon. The finish is smooth and dry, while its flavors fade away nicely. 
Gran Moraine Pinot Noir

Twomey Pinot Noir

95
Twomey
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: California
Appellation: Anderson Valley
Retail Price: $50

Tasting Notes: Absolutely stellar, elegant and seductive pinot noir from the Silver Oak people. Silky, smooth, aromatic ripe berries and a long, luscious finish.
Twomey Pinot Noir

Dowdell Pinot Noir 2014

95
Dowdell
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2014
Country of Origin: California
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Retail Price: $65

Tasting Notes: Rich black-currant aromas lead to big dark fruit flavors with crushed stone and notes of tobacco that finish with soft and subtle tannins. Certainly a value for the price.
Dowdell Pinot Noir 2014

Balletto Estate Rose of Pinot Noir Pinot Noir 2017

93
Balletto Estate
Fanciful Name: Rose of Pinot Noir
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2017
Country of Origin: California
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Retail Price: $22.99

Tasting Notes: This medium-bodied, luscious wine is impressive in its combination of crisp red fruit, cranberries, pomegranate flavors alongside a smattering of orange zest. The smooth texture, savory notes displayed on the mid-palate, present a balanced, focused wine. It lingers on the palate with snappy acidity and a pleasant finish. Complex, impressive and delicious are the words that come to mind. Seek it out, as it will enhance any meal or gathering.
Balletto Estate Rose of Pinot Noir Pinot Noir 2017

Sanford Rose of Pinot Noir Pinot Noir 2016

93
Sanford
Fanciful Name: Rose of Pinot Noir
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: California
Appellation: Sta Rita Hills
Retail Price: $28.99

Tasting Notes: Sourced from two of their better estate vineyards, this is an elegant rosé. Beautiful color balances the subtle summer fruit, balanced with zesty acidity, and a subtle hint of muted oak and minerality.
Sanford Rose of Pinot Noir Pinot Noir 2016

Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2017

93
Willamette Valley Vineyards
Fanciful Name: Whole Cluster
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2017
Country of Origin: Oregon
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Retail Price: $19.99

Tasting Notes: This dry rosé wine is actually made from free-run juice from crushing whole clusters of pinot noir grapes. It delivers bright acidity and soft, subtle aromas of cranberry, watermelon, raspberries and strawberries, and exhibits a terrific minerality. Balanced and very enjoyable when paired with salads, poultry or grilled foods.
Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir 2017

Brancott Estate Letter Series Pinot Noir

94
Brancott Estate
Fanciful Name: Letter Series
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2016
Country of Origin: New Zealand
Appellation: Marlborough
Retail Price: $32

Tasting Notes: Intense Ruby red, with purple notes. Lots of spicy black fruit on the nose, followed by a palate dominated by more of the same spice notes, and dark fruit. Great texture and a balanced finish make for a complete and well-produced wine.
Brancott Estate Letter Series Pinot Noir

Mas La Cheveliere Pinot Noir

90
Mas La Cheveliere
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2015
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: IGP Pays d'Oc
Retail Price: $12.95

Tasting Notes: Made by the LaRoche folks of Chablis, their ultra-modern winery in Beziers, France, is light, fragrant and delicious pinot. High marks for the cost. An every-day winner.
Mas La Cheveliere Pinot Noir