Game of Thrones Pinot Noir might be trading on the name of the mega-series–but who cares when this cool Oregon pinot delivers estate grown fruit from the Willamette Valley. Premium fruit, and time in quality oak produced rich fruit aromas with notes of spice, vanilla and toasty oak. Game of Thrones Pinot Noir is no mythical fantasy. 20.00
Every time I taste a wine from Sardinia I ask my myself why I don’t visit them more often. Sella & Mosca’s Cannonau di Sardegna is no exception. BTW, “Cannonau” is the Sardinian designation for Grenache (or “Garnacha” in Spain.) Whatever you call it, expect to be treated to rich red tones in the glass, a hint of violets on the nose is followed by warm, plum flavors on the palate. Put a taste of the Mediterranean in your glass without leaving the country. A deal at about 16.00.
La Kiuva Rouge de Vallee is a blend of Sardinian grapes (largely Nebbiolo). Light ruby color, intense aromas of red fruit and spice, and a dry, tannic finish. The perfect wine for pizza or pasta. Drink like an Italian for 15.00.
A nice California for twenty bucks? You betcha: 2015 Lucas & Lewellen Pinot Noir. This little beauty from Santa Barbara County benefits from first class vineyards and the cooling breezes of the nearby Pacific. Burgundian in style, L&L Pinot shows lively red fruit in tandem with well balanced acidity. ‘Nough said. 20.00