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Manos Negras Pinot Noir 2009, Patagonia, Argentina: Juicy and delicious: fantastic price! Vibrant juicy cherry aromas and flavours. Beautifully medium-bodied and satin smooth. Bring it on! Drink: 2012-2016. 275156 14% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 90/100. August 18, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Luca Pinot Noir 2011, Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina: Sweet cherry-berry goodness with luscious layers of hedonistic happiness. Medium- to full-bodied with a terrific lip-smacking finish. There's some wild black raspberry on the finish wrapped in a whiff of smoke. So gloriously luscious! I'm thinking planked salmon. Drink: 2013-2016. 175570 14% D 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 93/100. October 12, 2013 Top Rated Red Wine. Terrific Turkey Wine Full Review
Alfredo Roca Reserva De Familia Pinot Noir 2010, San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina: Juicy and medium- to almost full-bodied. Lovely black cherry, dark spice and violets on the nose. Aromatic and fascinating. Great price for pinot. Would be great with fresh seafood seared. Yum! Drink: 2013-2016. 301275 13% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. April 13, 2013 Top Rated Red Wine. Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
Kacaba Wismer Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008, V.Q.A., Niagara Escarpment, Ontario, Canada: Lovely toasty oak and fleshy black cherry on the nose. Medium to full-bodied richness and weight on the palate. Terrific acidity for food. Lovely craftsmanship. Drink: 2013-2017. 58586 12.20% D 750 mL  $22.95 Score: 90/100. March 2, 2013 Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Casa-Dea Estates Winery Pinot Noir 2009, V.Q.A., Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada: Classic PEC pinot noir! Cranberry and beetroot with fresh earth and tart cherries. Love this style and it's so markedly different from Niagara. Drink: 2012-2017. 296210 12.20% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. December 8, 2012 Full Review
Marques De Casa Concha Concha Y Toro Pinot Noir 2011, LĂ­mari Valley, Chile: The best Chilean pinot noir I've tasted yet. Tarry with smoky oak but brightened by vibrant cherry fruit. Medium- to full-bodied and satin smooth. Gorgeous! Drink: 2012-2016. 301424 14% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. December 8, 2012 Full Review
Schloss Reinhartshausen Dry Pinot Noir 2007, Q.B.A., Rheingau, Germany: Juicy and lovely! Smooth and medium-bodied, packed with cherry-berry and earthy notes. Terrific mouth-watering character for food. This is my kinda pinot. Yum! Drink: 2012-2016. 40543 13.50% XD 750 mL  $15.95 Score: 92/100. June 23, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Momo Seresin Estate Pinot Noir 2010, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Big and juicy with pleasingly tart and vibrant cherry aromas and flavours. Mouth-watering acidity is fantastic for a range of dishes. Smooth and medium- to full-bodied. Very tasty. Absolutely needs food. Made by the film director of many famous movies, including several of the Harry Potter series. Drink: 2012-2016. 163972 14% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 92/100. September 28, 2013 Best Value Red Wine. Splendid Salad Wine Full Review
Sileni The Plateau Pinot Noir 2011, Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand: Rich cherry fruit that's not heavy but I also like that there's not too much acidity. Round and ready when you are. Medium- to full-bodied and luscious. Perfect for juicy roast chicken or the tarry darkness of grilled chicken. Drink: 2013-2016. 132142 13.50% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 90/100. February 16, 2013 Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Mud House Pinot Noir 2010, Central Otago, New Zealand: Stunning, especially for the price! Aromas of fleshy ripe black cherries and raspberries. Medium- to full-bodied with a satin smooth texture. Some dark spice on the finish. Yum! Drink: 2013-2016. 190462 13.50% XD 750 mL  $17.90 Score: 90/100. March 7, 2013 Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Two Tracks Wither Hills Pinot Noir 2010, Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand: Juicy fleshy ripe cherries and field berries. Medium- to full-bodied and satin smooth. So delicious! Drink: 2012-2015. 269274 12.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. July 21, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
La Crema Pinot Noir 2011, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: This is the half bottle size: the full 750 ml bottle is also in this release. Silky fleshy cherries roll their sensuous way across your tongue. Medium to almost full-bodied. So very smooth and sensuous. Long finish, like a sigh post .... Drink: 2013-2017. 732040 13.90% XD 375 mL  $16.95 Score: 92/100. March 30, 2013 Top Rated Red Wine. Luscious Lamb Wine Full Review
Bonterra Pinot Noir 2010, Mendocino County, California, United States: This organic wine has just 6 mg/l of free sulphur. Lovely cherry-berry flavours on the nose and palate. Fleshy sweet berry fruit unfurls on the palate with luscious, full-bodied layers of pleasure. Finishes long and lovely. Drink with planked salmon. Drink: 2013-2016. 317685 14.10% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. March 2, 2013 Outstanding Organic Wine Full Review
La Crema Pinot Noir 2011, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Cherry-berry mouth-filling wonder. Just enough oak for hedonists. Full-bodied, layered yet not heavy. This is the half bottle size for this wine that is also available in the full bottle size. Drink: 2013-2016. 732040 13.90% XD 375 mL  $16.95 Score: 92/100. September 14, 2013 Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
Clos Du Bois Pinot Noir 2011, California, United States: Lots of mouth-watering acidity that's perfectly balanced by round cherry-berry flavours and some mocha from the oak aging. Full-bodied and juicy. What a barrel of fun! Drink: 2013-2016. 161273 13.50% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 90/100. August 17, 2013 Best Beef Wine Full Review
Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir 2011, Napa Valley, United States: Gorgeous! Aromas and flavours of fleshy ripe black cherries. Silky and full-bodied, smooth on the palate. Lots of complexity yet lip-smacking delicious! Try it with roast chicken. Drink: 2012-2016. 308221 13.80% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 91/100. September 12, 2013 Top Rated Red Wine. Charming Grilled Chicken Wine Full Review
Estancia Pinot Noir 2011, Monterey, California, United States: Absolutely superb pinot for the price! If you love Belle Glos, you'll love this. Fleshy ripe cherries, satin smooth, long finish. So lovely. Roast chicken or mushroom risotto. Drink: 2013-2017. 421586 13.50% XD 750 mL  $20.95 Score: 93/100. April 13, 2013 Top Rated Red Wine. Scrumptious Seafood Wine Full Review
La Crema Pinot Noir 2010, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Whenever I see La Crema pinot noir on a restaurant list, I know it's going to be a great meal, no matter what we're having food-wise. This subtle red is silky smooth enough not to clash with seafood yet it's loaded with fleshy cherry flavours for meatier dishes. Perfection though is roast chicken or planked salmon. Absolutely phenomenal for this price. Drink: 2012-2016. 732040 13.90% D 375 mL  $15.95 Score: 93/100. May 26, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
La Crema Pinot Noir 2010, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Fleshy cherry and dark spice with a long, naughty finish. Full-bodied and satin smooth like lingerie. Drink: 2012-2015. 732040 13.90% D 375 mL  $16.95 Score: 90/100. October 13, 2012 Full Review

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