Rex Goliath Pinot Noir – Shockingly good for the “El Cheapo” bottle of the competition

  Price: $6.99 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: Ok... Let's get real... it's a $7 bottle of Pinot Noir. If your expectations are high for a $7 bottle of PN, I question your expectations. I personally approached this bottle with very …

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Beringer Vineyards Founders Estate Pinot Noir 2014 – A good nose let down by a flabby body

Price: $7.99 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: Started off really well with a nice medium nose led by candied cherries. Unfortunately, the palate couldn't back it up. It came across as a bit thin and flabby with no discernible tannin or …

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McManis Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015 – Packing a lot more flavor than your average $10 Pinot

  Price: $9.79 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: Finally, another $10 Pinot that I can actually recommend! (I have to admit... the value Pinots are not exactly blowing my socks off this month.) But this one's definitely got a …

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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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Zinfandel Challenge Bonus Post! Mike and Molly Hendry RW Moore Vineyard 2012

Just for fun, I decided to throw in a bottle that is completely out of our $10 price target and see how it compares to the value  Zinfandels we've been drinking all month.  I picked the Mike & Molly because it was already sitting in my cellar and, based on the cellar tracker reviews, it seemed …

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Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi 2014 – Luscious Zin evolving from earthy to fruity with time

Price: $9.99 at Total Wine Style: The “Tom” (Medium body and power with some interesting tastes beyond basic fruits.) Rating: “Really Good” Recommendation: “Grab a few bottles” Review: The Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel is a really nice offering that perfectly hits the balance of earthy and fruity for me. When we first opened the bottle, it was quite a bit …

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