A go-to bottle of Pinot Noir under $15 is almost impossible to come by, especially if the wine says it was made in one of the world’s premiere Pinot Noir regions, like California’s Russian River Valley. What you usually find at the $15 price point is a Pinot that is overly extracted, insanely ripe and sweet, and so thick on the palate that it’s almost syrupy. It’s just not… Pinot.

Which is what makes the discovery of Kenwood Vineyards Pinot Noir so exciting. This delicious Pinot is not a flabby, cheap Pinot. Instead, it exhibits bright red fruit, tart acidity, and polish.

In the glass, the wine pours a translucent red, a clear sign of the acidity present inside. The nose is all raspberries and thyme, and the flavors are dominated by bright red fruit. It’s a refreshing and easy-drinking Pinot whose flavor stays with you long after you’ve swallowed. This is easily a best buy and a wine I’d grab a case of to have around for any of those casual occasions that call for a bottle of wine — like Monday night!

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