Bogle Vineyards Pinot Noir 2014 – “Herb-y” and yummy

  Price: $8.99 at Total Wine  Style: The “Tom” (Medium body with fairly simple and straight-forward fruit flavors.) Rating: “Good” Recommendation: “Grab a few bottles” Review: The Bogle is a very herb-driven interpretation of Pinot Noir. It serves up lots of oregano, sage, and earth, with just a little bit of tart cherry to give it a fresh and fruity …

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Cloud Break Pinot Noir 2014 – Average and non-descript Pinot Noir

Price: $8.99 at Total Wine  Style: The “Anna” (Medium body with fairly simple and straight-forward fruit flavors.) Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: I'm giving this one a "meh". A totally average and non-descript value Pinot Noir with a pleasant structure but muted generic flavors. The little aroma and flavor that I was able to pull …

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Underwood Pinot Noir Oregon 2015 – Available in a can…. if you’re into that kind of thing

Price: $8.47 at Total Wine  Style: The “Anna” (Medium body with fairly simple and straight-forward fruit flavors.) Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: A nice moderate nose leads things off with an earthy mix of raspberries and underbrush. Palate reflects the same, but is pretty subtle and dilute. Nothing really changed with time or air. It …

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Cartlidge & Browne Pinot Noir 2014 – Cement truck drivers make pretty good wine

  Price: $11.99 at Total Wine  Style: The “Tom” (Medium body with some more complex flavors beyond just simple fruits.) Rating: “Good” Recommendation: “Grab a few bottles” Review: A really nice nose on this one, mixing smoky cherry and raspberry aromas with some earthy undertones. In the mouth, this is juicy with crisp red fruit on the front of …

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Forever Vineyards Pinot Noir Lodi 2013 – Smooth and easy-drinking, but boring and tight

  Price: $8.99 at Total Wine and More Style: The “Anna” (Light to medium body with simple straight-forward flavors.) Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: Our first Pinot Noir of the challenge is a ho-hum offering from the Lodi region of California (due East of San Francisco in the Central Valley.)  Although this bottle was smooth and …

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‘Total Wine & More’ Pinot Noir Value Challenge Kickoff!

Pinot Noir Challenge Overview Ahhhhh... Pinot Noir! The king of Burgundy! The heartbreak grape!  The most elegant and treasured varietal, for only the most sophisticated of collectors!  Or at least, that is, if you're willing to drop $28,112 on a single bottle of 1990 Romanee-Conti DRC.  :-O Really good Pinot Noir is really expensive. And …

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