Russian River Valley, Bucher Pinot Noir: This Russian River Pinot Noir, by my friends from Bucher Wines is spectacular, priced at $40 it’s made by legendary Winemaker Adam Lee and is all Westside Road Pinot Noir grapes from the Bucher Vineyard. It’s very big, full body with incredible noise, subtle spice and I like to say I can share this with anyone and everyone loves it! Purchase online here.
Me and a friend McKenzie of Mak Snacks at a Bucher Wines private event at their stunning Russian River Vineyards. Read more about Bucher Wines and their tasting room Grand Cru Custom Crush on the blog here.
To be able to enjoy a Failla Wine for less than $30 is a very big deal so I highly recommend this Sonoma based brand that I afore. I fell in love with Failla Wines almost 6 years ago when I first moved to California. Read about this amazing winery on the blog here. Purchase the Failla Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018 online here at $29.99.
Gary Farrell Winery
As you know by now I adore Gary Farrell Wines, specifically their single vineyard wines which Winemaker Theresa does so so well. However, if opening a $50 – $70 bottle of wine is more of a special occasion for you lucky for you they offer a Russian River Pinot Noir blend which their General Manager Nancy describes as “the little black dress, perfect for all occasions” . The first time I tried this I was blown away. It was just as rich and lovely as the signal vineyard Gary Farrell Wines yet a much more accessible price point in the low $40. Purchase online at wine.com here or at Gary Farrell Winery here.
Me all smiles at one of my many visits to Gary Farrell Winery. Read more about their fabulous Wine & Culinary pairing experiences on the blog here.
Landmark Vineyards Overlook Pinot Noir is a perfect wine for most drinkers as it’s super approachable, not too big or too light and typically priced in the low $20’s. I found it on wine.com at $19.99 purchase online here. It’s one of these everybody wines that all type of wine drinkers will enjoy! I certainly love it and it’s always been a hit when I’ve shared with guests.
I also adore the Landmark Vineyards Hop Kiln Estate Pinot Noir which is priced a bit higher at $85 more of a special occasion wine but fabulous. Purchase online at Landmark Vineyards here.
La Crema Wines
La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2017: As someone who drinks a LOT of Pinot Noir, I have to say I’ve become very spoiled with single-vineyard Pinot Noir wines which typically are $50 + up. So it’s hard to find a wine under $25 or so that delivers in terms of quality and a sense of place and also is nicely priced and accessible. This La Crema Sonoma Coast is great. It reflects the Sonoma Coast terroir and flavors you’d expect in a Coastal Wine and also isn’t too bland of basic tasting it has nice Pinot Noir characteristics and is very drinkable. At $21 – $25 (at wine.com, purchase here) this is a great affordable Pinot Noir I recommend.
MacRostie Winery & Vineyard’s was one of the first Wineries I started visiting in the Russian River Valley of California, see my Top 10 Russian River Wineries post here and I immediately fell in love. Not only for its beauty but it’s top-notch hospitality, super attentive yet in a real down to earth way not snooty unapproachable vibe I don’t enjoy on a leisurely day in wine country. Their Pinot Noir Wines are incredible and this Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir at under $30 is a steal. Purchase at wine.com here.
See all of the fun I’ve had at MacRostie over the years and many many visits on the blog here!
Patz & Hall Wines
Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016: Patz & Hall was another winery I visited early on when moving to California and immediately enjoyed their wines, the great story behind founders James Hall and Donald Patz and their great hospitality. Read more about Patz & Hall on the blog here. Purchase the Sonoma Coast 2016 Pinot Noir online here. Learn more about Patz & Hall here.
Me and winemaker James Hall at a Patz & Hall Event I hosted. Read more about that event and all the fun I’ve had at Patz & Hall here.
Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir 2017: After attending a Sommelier Trip to Santa Lucia Highlands (read about that here) I realized how undervalued the Pinot Noirs from this region are. Don’t get me wrong, wine writers and winemakers realize this but most consumers don’t know the region and how tremendous their Pinot Noir Wines are. Winemaker Adam Lee (read my interview with Winemaker Adam Lee here) has done a great job creating beautiful Pinot Noir Wines from Santa Lucia Highlands for Siduri Wines and this bottle is great in the low $30 range. Purchase at wine.com here.
Me and Winemaker Adam Lee Founder of Siduri Wines and Winemaker Richard Sanford of Alma Rosa Wines at last summer’s Sta. Rita Hills Wine & Fire weekend. Read about that amazing Pinot Noir event here.
Tyler Winery Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2018. I still remember the first time I tasted Tyler Wines located in California’s Lompoc region and I was super impressed. The vibe was very chill, down to earth but the wines were serious and very well done. Read more on my Top 10 Lompoc Winery blog post here. This Santa Barbara Pinot Noir is a steal at $38 (on wine.com purchase here) and another wine that I adore. The wines from the Santa Barbara region have such aromatics, similar to Russian River Pinot Noirs but even higher floral aromatics that I truly adore.
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