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Pinot Noir: Top 10 under $25

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Alfredo Roca Pinot Noir 2010, Mendoza, Argentina: Incredible Pinot for the money: you simply will not get a better tasting pinot at this price. Grab a case or five. Lovely fleshy ripe cherries. New World style. 32979 13.30% XD 750 mL  $12.95 Score: 89/100. January 21, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Henry of Pelham Winery Pinot Noir 2010, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, V.Q.A., Canada: Plush and sexy with a satin-smooth texture. Gorgeous aromas of smokey cherries. Medium-bodied and mouth-watering. How did they [do] it so right for this price? Gorgeous depth with black cherry and smoky aromas. Supple, plush and medium-bodied. Worthy of a sonnet. Drink: 2011-2018. 268391 13.50% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 91/100. October 10, 2016 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
CedarCreek Estate Winery Pinot Noir 2008, Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada: Dark cherry with a smooth, medium- to full-bodied weight. Luscious and deeply satisfying. Drink: 2011-2014. 567412 13% XD 750 mL  $24.90 Score: 90/100. January 3, 2012 Full Review
Champy Signature Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2009, A.C., Burgundy, France: Gorgeous layers of voluptuously rich fleshy cherry-berry fruit. The nose is so aromatic, it'll draw you head-first into the glass. Rich and textured, this is amazing quality for this price point. Buy a case. Drink: 2012-2015. 1149 13.50% D 750 mL  $21.95 Score: 91/100. February 18, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Momo Seresin Estate Pinot Noir 2009, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Big juicy acidity with pleasingly tart and vibrant cherry aromas and flavours. Smooth and medium- to full-bodied. Very tasty. Absolutely needs food. Drink: 2012-2016. 163972 14% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 28, 2012 Full Review
Stoneleigh Pinot Noir 2010, Marlborough, New Zealand: Love it! Vibrant, ripe cherries dance across your palate. Lovely silky texture with medium body, yet juicy and mouth-watering for food. Doesn't get much better than this, especially at this price point. Drink: 2012-2015. 54353 13% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. April 12, 2012 Terrific Turkey Wine Full Review
Astrolabe Wines Voyage Pinot Noir 2009, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Smoky, almost cedar smoked cherries. Love this style! Be prepared with a wake-up call with mouth-brightening acidity that cries out for food. Supple, satin smooth with a medium to full-bodied weight. Simply stunning. Drink: 2012-2017. 538918 14.50% XD 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 94/100. May 26, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Macrostie Pinot Noir 2007, Carneros, California, United States: Lovely with bright cherry aromas on the nose, then a sunshine-filled palate of fresh field berries and mouth-watering juiciness. Silky with a medium- to full-bodied weight. Drink: 2012-2016. 346139 14.20% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 90/100. June 9, 2012 Full Review
A To Z Wineworks Pinot Noir 2009, Oregon, United States: Juicy with pleasantly sour cherries and terrific acidity for food. Silky with a medium- to full-bodied weight. Drink: 2012-2016. 229781 13.50% XD 750 mL  $23.95 Score: 90/100. March 31, 2012 Full Review
Loredona Pinot Noir 2009, Monterey, California, United States: Owing to the moderating ocean breezes off the Pacific that travel up the Salinas Valley, Pinot Noir has turned out to be one of the best-performing grapes in Monterey County. The Loredona (lady flower) shows classic Pinot Noir aromas of cherry, cedar, plum and earth. A fine choice. A beguiling and silky pinot with lovely layers of ripe cherries and some cinnamon. Medium- to full-bodied. 57620 13.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 86/100. January 21, 2012 Full Review

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