It can be difficult to find good Pinot Noirs under the $30 price range, mainly because Pinot Noir is a very low yielding vine and it can only be grown in certain pockets of the world unlike Cabernet Sauvignon that can pretty much be grown wherever. However, the Fess Parker Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir is one of the few good quality Pinot Noirs that is priced under $25. Aromas of strawberry, Bing cherries, raspberries and mocha leap out of the glass. The palate is well balanced with a good acid backbone and exhibits flavors of pomegranate and cranberry. This is not your typical fruit driven Pinot that are usually seen out of California, which is mainly caused by the cooler climate of Santa Barbara County. A fantastic value!
Rating: 9.0 out of 10