We're always on the lookout for value and while we're all for diversity in grape varieties, Pinot Noir is not uncommon, but is always a favorite. Problem is, GOOD Pinot is usually not available for around $20....and this is due to, in part, grape prices that are typically 35-50% higher than other varieties.
Don and Sons (a brand of Don Sebastiani and Sons) have found a way to tackle this...and with Sonoma Coast grapes! They've done this, at least in my opinion, by using fruit from the Petaluma Gap, an area that's very close to the Pacific Ocean where temperatures inland are moderated by the cool, coastal air.
Their 2010 and 2011 Sonoma Coast Sonoma Signature Pinot Noir is a very good choice for an everyday Pinot and for those who like their Pinot on the more balanced, less forward side, is even better!
With fruit as its strength, winemaker Greg Kitchens allows the subtleties of the Petaluma Gap to speak thru the wine. Again, subdued slate, graphite matching with red fruit flavors of Bing cherry and raspberry provide an elegant opportunity for pairing with Pinot favorites like duck and salmon as well as pork Provencal as well as simple and delicious roasted chicken.
Widely distributed, it's available thru the Don and Sons website but can be found at better prices thru 1000corks.com.
This is one of the best QPR wines we've ever reviewed.
2010 or 2011 Don and Sons Sonoma Signature Pinot Noir
Retail: $25 (found as low as $15)
(Note: This bottle was provided as a sample to us at no cost)