Continuing our series on Pinot Noir we would like to run through a quick comparison of great cheap Pinot Noir and expensive high end Pinot Noir. As we've said previously, Pinot Noir can be very fickle so it's always important to read up a little on the one you're buying.
Monbello Pinot Nero, is an Italian Pinot Noir from the northeast region of Alto Adige. The cool climate and gravelly soil in Alto Adige is well suited for Pinot Noir growth and production, but better known for it’s fine Pinot Grigios. Monbello sources their grapes from a cooperative of farmers to create a fantastic 100% Pinot Noir. This Pinot features bright red fruit on the nose and palate with a smooth and silky finish. For lovers of California Pinot Noir this is a great substitution, and for under ten dollars, wow, what a great value wine.
Patricia Green Cellars Freedom Hill Pinot Noir is from the Eola- Amity Hills sub region of Willamette Valley Oregon. This is home to some of the best and most expensive Pinot Noirs in the U.S. The Freedom Hill vineyard is biodynamically farmed, and has the perfect terroir to grow Pinot, and in turn this talented winemaker can make outstanding Pinot Noir that expresses the terroir in which it is grown. This beautiful wine has a nice garnet hue, with expressive dark fruit and earth on the nose. It has a velvety texture on the palate with flavors of blackberry and dark plum, followed by a nice finish with more earth and tannins to keep everything together.
Both wines are nice examples of the Pinot Noir grape showcasing how different terroirs can create two distinctively different wines at varying price points