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.

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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.

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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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