SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— If you’re looking for some economically priced Sonoma Pinot Noirs, I have a couple of suggestions for around $20.

The 2011 Decoy from the Duckhorn Wine Company boasts a medium red color with rich strawberry aromas and is nice and ripe. You’ll find it has a nice balance on the palate and that plenty of fruit flavors follow the aromas. Not to mention its fine acidity and that there’s plenty of tannin for the back note.

At $22 it’s a hard bargain to pass up. You should try to hold on to it for a year and it will really be worth it. But if you’d rather try a Russian River Pinot Noir, Rodney Strong Vineyards has a $20 bottle. This one has a medium-light garnet color, again with a fine strawberry aroma touched with a bit of toast.

KCBS’ Food & Wine Report:

You’ll find that it’s soft and delicious for a light Pinot Noir made in the classic style. A year or two of aging would develop its complexity, making it the perfect wine. It would actually go deliciously with the Wild King salmon that’s currently in season.


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