Pinot Noir remains one of the most food-friendly red wine grapes. It's versatile enough for completing a wide variety of meals, light enough to woo "non-red-wine" drinkers, and priced from $6 to $50 and up, so there's something for every budget. In fact, with a little scouting, it's possible to find some good, value-driven Pinot Noir for less than $15! The recommendations here focus on producers that strive for consistent quality Pinot Noir year after year, with an eye on entry-level, budget-friendly wines. If you can't find these wines at your local wine shop, just ask a salesperson for help. There's no shame in having a wine budget and sharing what you want to spend will help them find great wines at a great price.
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Ripe cherry fruit with a touch of warm spice and a dash of vanilla in the mix, Shoofly's Pinot Noir is a favorite budget-friendly Pinot pick for its easy-going palate personality, bottle balance, and extreme food-pairing affections.
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Bouchard Aine & Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2012 (France) $13
Looking for a bargain from Burgundy? Then look no further than this Bouchard Aine & Fils red Burgundy find. Made exclusively from Pinot Noir grapes, this particular wine offers up some unexpected floral notes along with bright red berry fruit, and a keen focus on the flavor of the bing cherry. Balanced acidity, earthy undertones, understated oak influences, and a lighter body along with a subtle tannin structure make this a top pick for value wines from the famed Burgundy region. Versatile and food-friendly, give this red a whirl with everything from roasted game to poultry and smoked salmon.
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Mark West Pinot Noir is a fantastic value wine find. This particular ruby colored Pinot presents ripe raspberry aromas and delicious cherry fruit on the palate with a dash of vanilla. It is a medium-bodied, silky smooth red wine that offers a tremendous amount of food versatility. Try it for your next dinner to be pleasantly surprised.
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This well-priced Pinot Noir from Hahn Estates promises plenty of ripe raspberry and bright cherry on the nose mixed with earthy undertones and sweet vanilla spice. The palate profile is brimming with a triple berry blend of raspberry, strawberry, and bing cherry with silky textures and a medium-bodied style. Perfect for pairing with a variety of summertime favorites, this particular Pinot will bring out the best in grilled pork, poultry, or even portabello mushroom.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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The DeLoach Heritage Pinot Noir is a remarkable value wine, a medium-bodied red wine with cherry cola and strawberry jam in the palate mix. This wine is well-balanced, well-priced, and well-distributed, making it a perfect wine for a wide range of occasions.
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The Pinot Project California Pinot Noir 2014 (California) $12
Another solid Pinot Noir from this relative newcomer but a fast-growing brand out of California. Expect a full, silky mouthfeel with hints of cherry cola, spice, and moderate acidity. This brand has been well-marketed and should be available in most major wine stores.
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From Victoria, the heart of Pinot-growing in Australia, this brightly acidic wine is crafted to complement farm-raised meats. You'll enjoy its freshness, full fruit, and noticeable oak taste when paired with the distinctively soft texture and richness of farm- and grass-fed meat dishes.