My husband sits rolling his eyes as I try to explain my dedication to the blog information-gathering process... I realize that perhaps this is a losing battle. However, I know he would join me in my research with the first of the Pinots I am going to mention here. And that would be...
Le Grand Noir (Norman's, Total Wine)
And why is that? Well, this is one of the wines that we served at our wedding reception.
From France, it's an award winning wine that's available at Norman's for $7.99 and Total Wine for $8.49 but in a pinch you can pick it up at Publix for $9.99. Perhaps it's all of the happy memories I have tied to it, but I can't say enough good things about this fantastic Pinot Noir - love, love, love it.
Don't fear the cap! It is no longer the sign of a poor quality wine. You'll also be ensured that your wine won't be "corked," but you can read more about that here.
Side Note: The red blend GSM (which stands for Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre), also by Le Grand Noir, is another award-winning wine. For some reason I have only found this one at Publix ($9.99), but I highly recommend it. Don't tell my husband, but I might like it even better than the PN.
Other great Pinot Noirs:
Ok, so I only have two, but solid Pinot Noirs in this price range are few and far between.
Block Nine ($11.99)
This California winemaker only makes Pinot Noir, so it makes sense that they're pretty good at it. It received 88 points from Wine Enthusiast and is also on their best buy list. Like the Le Grand Noir, this wine is also a better deal at Norman's (it's $2 more at Total Wine).
Layer Cake ($14)
On the upper price range for this blog, I know, but Layer Cake is good enough that it deserves a mention. This wine is also out of California and is a great choice.
I know I mentioned WineStyles in my previous post, and while they are pricier than where I usually shop for wine, I wholeheartedly agree with their eight "styles" of wine (hence, WineStyles).
The styles are:
Crisp, Silky, Rich, and Bubbly for white wines and Fruity, Mellow, Bold, and Nectar for red. Varietals don't always fit neatly into each category - though there are definitely trends - but this really helped me figure out what I like (and why). If you sometimes feel like it's hit or miss regarding which wines you like, it may be worth it to you to experiment with some of the styles to see which you like best.
Happy sipping and until next time, cheers!