Pinot noir under $20

Here’s a worth-reading Wall St Journal article charting the”Sideways-effect” on pinot noir in the US and reviewing wines under $20. <link

I really enjoyed the movie but had fogotten this wonderful quote: “It’s thin-skinned, temperamental, ripens early. It’s not a survivor like Cabernet that can just grow anywhere and thrive even when it’s neglected. …Only when someone has taken the time to truly understand its potential can Pinot be coaxed into its fullest expression. And when that happens, its flavors are the most haunting and brilliant and subtle and thrilling and ancient on the planet.”

The Robert Mondavi Winery 2005 was the best. It rated a “very good” on a scale that ranges: Yech, OK, Good, Very Good, Delicious, and Delicious!

My pic of the Bald Hills 2004 (I should have the 05) gets a link at the bottom. Not sure how that happened, but it did and who am I to complain. So it’s only fair I give their article a plug in reverse. Thanks WSJ.

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