The World’s Finest Pinot Noir

Friday, January 1, 2010
Posted in category Wine

In the under $20 range, that is.

Pinot Noir is my favorite wine. I came to that conclusion almost immediately upon becoming a wine enthusiast. There is nothing like a great Pinot to absolutely throw your palate into a state of astonishment. I’ll help myself to a few descriptions of Pinot Noir from Wikipedia:

Joel Fleischman of Vanity Fair describes Pinot noir as “the most romantic of wines, with so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, and so powerful a punch that, like falling in love, they make the blood run hot and the soul wax embarrassingly poetic.”[2] Master Sommelier Madeline Triffon calls pinot “sex in a glass”.[2] Peter Richardsson of OenoStyle christened it “a seductive yet fickle mistress!”[3]

Oregon has the world’s finest Pinot Noir. I can appreciate you Burgundy region Pinot lovers, however, since wine is a completely subjective preference, I’ll stick to my Oregon guns. A Cameron Pinot (Oregon) is the best I have ever had, but at $60/ bottle, it’s not an everyday sort of wine. Most California Pinot is either low-priced plonk or overpriced mediocre Pinot. Montoya Pinot Noir, at $11/ bottle, is a good California everyday Pinot.

In Victoria, Australia they also make Pinot Noir. This week my wine man, Dave, at my favorite and fabulous local wine retailer, recommended that I try a 2008 Permutations Pinot Noir that he just started shipping to the store. Almost immediately, this wine assaulted my palate with flavors almost unrecognizable beyond the teasing hint of Pinot. It’s truly magnificent, and a bargain, for those who desire good wine without the California Cab snobbery that compels people to pay $40 a bottle for overpriced California Cabs. And this Pinot Noir is only about $13 per bottle. (One online retailer has it for $10.50.) It comes in 12 different (and cool) labels with stunning illustrations. I don’t think I have ever tasted a finer Pinot at such a low price. I am hooked.

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2 Responses to The World’s Finest Pinot Noir

  1. Anthony K says:

    January 1st, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    Hi Karen – If you are in the market for a really good pinot noir, do try one from the South Island of New Zealand (can’t think of one off the top of my head, alas). I live about an hour from Victoria’s main pinot noir growing region and, while some of them are very nice, I am not sure that the region has a sufficiently cool climate to produce a really top notch pinot (doubtless a wine expert – which I am not – would disagree with me). I have only ever had one pinot noir from Oregan (“A to Z”), which I sampled on a romantic evening at an over-priced Melbourne restaurant with my wife, and we both thought that it was one of the best we have had. Mind you, I suspect that it does not retail for less than $20 a bottle in the US (it certainly doesn’t in Australia!!). Btw, I am a big fan of your writing both on your website and on LRC. Keep up the good work. Happy new year. Cheers.

  2. Jeannie Queenie says:

    January 2nd, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Two wise men or otherwise ‘wise guys’, had this to say about wine’s goodness as we consider the healthcare debate these days. Ben Franklin offers–”Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.” Sounds like an antidote to the stesses of modern life to me. Then dear old Tommie says this, “I have lived temperately..I double the doctor’s recommendation of a glass and a half of wine each day and even treble it with a friend. ~ Thomas Jefferson He then went on to say, ” I think it is a great error to consider a heavy tax on wines as a tax on luxury. On the contrary, it is a tax on the health of our citizens.” OBAMA, REID AND PELOSI, DID YOU HEAR THAT FROM FORMER PREZ TOM? So there take your healthcare and growing taxes and shove it. If all of us consumed our daily dose of reservatol we would cure many of our health woes. Red wine with its red skins provides this wonder drug of reservatrol. It is the one wine known for it’s anti-inflammatory effects and for slowing the build-up of platelets in blood vessels, making them less sticky, thus thinning blood and improving blood flow. Guys, this is a good thing :)

    Also, reservatrol is great for fighting certain health disasters. It modulates hormones, stops damaged cells from multiplying, and can actually destroy dangerous cells. So take heed,
    if you’re not a fan of red wine, reservatrol is also in raisins, red grapes, blueberries and cranberries and purple grape juice as well as peanuts. For those who claim they cannot afford wine on a daily basis, go to Trader Joe’s and get their 3 buck Chuck otherwise known as Charles Shaw wines. Their newest wine is Nouveau, a beaut even better than the Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. A real delight for $3!

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