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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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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