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2012 California Value Priced Pinot Noirs Honorable Mention

The following value priced Pinot Noir wines are often widely distributed in wine retail and supermarket stores. They are often discounted below the listed prices. Pinot Noir priced at $50 or more has often been decried as the “dead zone” because the poor economy in recent years has made it more difficult to sell wines in this price category. The wines listed below, however, can be considered to be in the “fun zone” and drinking these wines can make you feel good about skirting a punishing economy. All these wines received the Value icon award.

2011 Origine Russian River Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir $12

2010 Irony Monterey County Pinot Noir $12

2010 Sean Minor Four Bears Central Coast Pinot Noir $12

2010 Jack Hammer Central Coast Pinot Noir $12.99

2010 Sean Minor Carneros Pinot Noir $14

2011 Moobuzz Monterey Pinot Noir $15

2011 Vivier Sonoma Coast Rosé of Pinot Noir $18

2010 De Loach Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $18.50

2010 Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve California Pinot Noir $19

2010 Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir $20

2010 Pali Wine Co. “Riviera” Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir $20

NV Laetitia Arroyo Grande Brut Cuvée Sparkling Wine $21

2010 Pali Wine Co. “Huntington” Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir $21

2010 Pali Wine Co. “Bluffs” Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $21

2010 Briceland Vineyards Humboldt County Pinot Noir $23

2010 La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir $25

2010 Hook & Ladder Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $25

2010 Laetitia Estate Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir $25

2010 Talbott Logan Estate Grown Monterey Pinot Noir $25

2010 Briceland Vineyards Bosco Vineyard Humboldt County Pinot Noir $27

2010 Tessier Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $28

2010 Straight Line Wine Mendocino County Pinot Noir $28

2010 Stomping Girl Unhinged Sonoma County Pinot Noir $28

2010 Brophy Clark Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir $30

2010 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir $30

2010 Siduri Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir $30

2010 Paul Mathew PM Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $32

2010 Seagrape Wine Co. “Jump Up” Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir $32

2010 Longoria Lovely Rita Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir $32

2010 Sequana Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir $32

2010 On Point Christinna’s Cuvée North Coast Pinot Noir $34

2010 Arista Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir $35

2010 J. Lohr Fog’s Reach Arroyo Seco Pinot Noir $35

2010 Stomping Girl Russian River Valley Pinot Noir $35

2010 Evening Land Spanish Springs Edna Valley Pinot Noir $35

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