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Week 3: Pinot Noir

One of the best-loved and best-known grapes in the world. At its finest, pinot noir offers an unparalleled experience, with heavenly perfumes and gliding, ethereal textures that leave you wondering how it is possible that something so wonderful could come from mere grapes. The best examples can fetch eyewatering prices, but these under-£10 and under-£20 gems are ripe for exploring.


Pinot Noir Grape Masterclass

Anna from our Tastings team explains pinot noir’s light style, why it’s so tricky to grow, a few of the countries worth exploring and which movie made it a sensation in the States!


Our USA buyer’s top under-£10 pinot noir

Peltier Ranch Lodi Reserve Pinot Noir 2018

Peltier Ranch Lodi Reserve Pinot Noir 2018

California pinot noir at this price is never this good… or so we thought! This was one of the stars of our 2019 Wine Champions blind tastings, and a great introduction to the grape at a cracking price. Fresh and alluring, velvety but light on its toes, this strawberry-fruited gem was the first wine I thought of when asked to pick an under-£10 pinot noir. I hope you enjoy it.’

Buy it here for £7.50

Sarah Knowles MW

Your Buyer for the USA

A flagship New Zealand pinot noir to try

The Society's Exhibition Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

The Society's Exhibition Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017

Central Otago in New Zealand is one of the finest areas for pinot noir in the new world. This one is made specially for us by Kiwi legend Paul Pujol of Prophet’s Rock and offers a riot of dark berry and cherry fruit flavours with touches of cedar and spice. A very smart wine and a delicious exhibition of what this region is achieving.

Buy it here for £18

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