Top 10 Best Pinot Noir Under $50 [2022 Edition]
Keep it cool and classy Top 10 Best Pinot Noir Under $50. It’s a dependable favourite for wine lovers. Given it’s crisp acidity and velvety tannin, it’s a very versatile wine to pair with a wide range of foods. Vines of the Pinot Noir grape usually grow in regions with cool climate, such as protected valleys or near large bodies of water. Get on the journey to become a wine enthusiast yourself with the Best Pinot Noir under $50.
Table of Contents
- 1. Virginia Dare Pinot Noir 2016
- 2. Murganheira Super Reserva Bruto 2015
- 3. Pittnauer Pinot Noir 2019
- 4. McManis Pinot Noir 2019
- 5. Montalto Pennon Hill Pinot Noir 2019
- 6. Valentin Zusslin Ophrys Pinot Noir 2019
- 7. Patrick Clerget Coteaux Bourguignons 2015
- 8. Joseph Drouhin Côte de Beaune-Villages 2015
- 9. Markowitsch Pinot Noir 2018
- 10. Bliss Pinot Noir 2013
1. Virginia Dare Pinot Noir 2016
Pays homage to the legendary Virginia Dare herself, the first lady of the land. Virginia Dare Pinot Noir 2016 is uniquely expressive of its vintage, variety and locale.
The nose is a soft wave of rose and violet florals with a dash of fruity blackberry. The palate carries a round, oaky structure with elegant tannins and a silky texture. Juicy plum, cherry and dark berry fruit flavours with background floral notes and a gentle tea leaf finish.
100% Pinot Noir exclusively from the Russian River Valley in Sonoma County, California. Powdery clay soil and a nightly cool fog from the Pacific Ocean combine to create one of the best viticulture regions in the United States. Ageing for 12 months in French oak barrels before its release to the world. The bottles are reminiscent of the original Virginia Dare wines, first created in 1835 by Garrett & Company in North Carolina. In order to bring the Virginia Dare legacy back to life, the vintage look of the original label has been revived.
Pricing: SGD 49.00
2. Murganheira Super Reserva Bruto 2015
The Super Reserva Bruto is made from some of the finest grapes in the Beira region. With 2015 being an exceptional year this has made a superb gastronomic sparkling wine.
Tasting Notes: Clear with a fine and persistent bubble release. Clean citrus in colour. Very harmonious aromas with vanillic notes. In the mouth it is delicate and elegant with a lingering finish which is hallmark of its balance.
The fertile valley Varosa are the cradle of wine and sparkling Murganheira, forever associated with the highest standards of quality. Here, where the Douro and Beira touch, meet excellent weather and geological conducive to the genesis of the most intense flavors and aromas. The result is superior quality wines, sparkling basis of the best Portuguese.
Pricing: SGD 49.00
3. Pittnauer Pinot Noir 2019
Gerhard Pittnauer is undoubtedly one of the stars of the Austrian wine making scene, producing a host of powerful reds which showcase the quality of Austria’s indigenous grape varieties. His base in the town of Gols is located in the Burgenland region, famed for the amount of sunlight it receives each year. As a result, Gerhard is able to fashion supple, modern wines that all display his signature, silky soft tannins. Dark ruby in colour. Cherry/berry fruit aromas overlaid with jasmine tea – florals and fruit – but not just a pretty wine, there’s minerality too. Sprightly acid and juicy fruit with savoury and cleansing tannins that round out deliciously on the finish.
Pricing: SGD 44.00
4. McManis Pinot Noir 2019
McManis Family Vineyards is a grower and vintner of premium varietal winegrapes located in the Northern Interior of California. The company was founded in 1990 by Ron and Jamie McManis, from the fourth generation family farmers. The McManis family has been growing grapes in this region since 1938. McManis Family Vineyards currently operates over 2000 acres of winegrapes and the vintages produced are imported by small quality importers around the world.
“Lodi Wine Country” is located 100 miles east of San Francisco near the San Joaquin River Delta, south of Sacramento and west of the Sierra Nevada. It is best known for its full-bodied Old Vine Zinfandel wines and also leads all other California wine districts in the production of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier. Lodi has been a major winegrape growing region since the 1850’s, with an area of 100,000 acres of winegrapes, farmed by over 750 growers today. The region enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with warm, dry summers and cool, moist winters. The region’s annual yield of approximately 600,000 tons of grapes is valued at over $300 million and comprises 20% of California’s total winegrape production – more than Napa and Sonoma Counties combined. Lodi is also home to 70+ “boutique” wineries that specialize in small lot, handmade wines that are garnering major awards at domestic and international wine competitions.
Pricing: SGD 40.00
5. Montalto Pennon Hill Pinot Noir 2019
Montalto founders and owners John and Wendy Mitchell initially planned a small vineyard by the coast. A place to relive earlier years spent holidaying with friends in Southern France. But John’s love of the outdoors, his interest in viticulture and corporate knowledge soon combined to grow Montalto into one of the Mornington Peninsula’s most popular destinations. Accolades such as “Best Winery Tourism Destination” from Gourmet Traveller magazine, soon followed. True cool climate characteristics abound in the wines, which have received multiple awards on the Australian Show circuit. Another 5 red star rated winery from James Halliday.
Pricing: SGD 44.00
6. Valentin Zusslin Ophrys Pinot Noir 2019
Established in 1691 by M. Jodocus Cisle (former name of Zusslin), Domaine Valentin Zusslin is now run by two generations of the Zusslin family who are following in the footsteps of their forbears. The winery is based in Orschwihr, south of Colmar, and the vines are planted on the slopes of the Bollenberg, Clos Liebenberg and Grand Cru Pfingstberg. In 1997 the domaine converted to biodynamic viticulture. Much of the work in the vineyard and in the cellar is done by hand, in order that the grapes can express the full potential of the unique terroirs of the Domaine.
Pricing: SGD 49.80
7. Patrick Clerget Coteaux Bourguignons 2015
The Selection Patrick Clerget Coteaux Bourguignons has a crimson hue with purplish tinges on the eye. Light-medium bodied red. Its nose is filled with typical and beautiful Gamay, very floral, fruity and delicious. On the palate, it is wonderfully ample, smooth, well-balanced, harmonious with a long finish.
Coteaux Bourguignons is an Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) for white, red and rosé wine from the region of Burgundy in France. In late 2011, it replaced the earlier appellation Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire. The name Coteaux Bourguignons translates as “Burgundian hills”. Coteaux Bourguignons is a regional-level appellation, covering the entire Burgundy region from the area around Auxerre down to Beaujolais. The harvest is usually manual and sometimes mechanical. The vinification is traditional with temperature controls. With a maceration of 8 to 10 days. The wine has been maturing for 6 months in tank.
Pricing: SGD 39.00
8. Joseph Drouhin Côte de Beaune-Villages 2015
Since 1880, Maison Joseph Drouhin has built a reputation for wines that primarily reflect their individual terroir and vintage. Faithfully preserving the individuality of each appellation, the Drouhin firm constantly strives for wines of breed, finesse and elegance.
A balance of tradition and modern techniques characterizes Joseph Drouhin winemaking and vineyard management: on site nursery, plowing, leaf removal, 100% hand harvesting, open fermenters, fermenting and aging in oak.
As a result of its historic location deep in the heart of Beaune, the quality of its vineyards and the expertise resulting from years of experience in the cultivation of vines and traditional vinification, Maison Joseph Drouhin is uniquely placed to uphold authentic Burgundian style.
Pricing: SGD 35.00 (Price is per ½ bottle)
9. Markowitsch Pinot Noir 2018
For red wines, Markowitsch is in a class of his own amongst Austrian producers. His vineyards, in Carnuntum are ideally situated on a slope approximately equidistant from the Danube River on one side and the Neusiedlersee on the other. The soils are sandy loam and limestone (perfect for reds) and he does not irrigate. He is equally famous for his rare cuvées of Pinot Noir, Rosenberg blend, and his ultimate “M” cuvée, as he is for his value cuvées, Rubin Carnuntum and Carnuntum Cuvée. We find his Pinot Noir to be stunning. This Pinot Noir thrives in the rolling hills around Höflein. The cooler locations in particular (Ried Scheibner and Ried Kirchtal) with their lime-rich subsoils form ideal conditions for this delicate Pinot Noir. A light red with an intense scent of red berries, rose hips and aromatic spices. It is velvety, soft and yet very fresh with a crystalline acidity that suits it very well. Food Pairing: combining it with roasted pink meat, risotto with porcini mushrooms and morels. Serve a little chilled.
Pricing: SGD 48.00
10. Bliss Pinot Noir 2013
In the late 1930s, their Grandfather, Irv Bliss, was drawn to Mendocino County by its beautiful rolling hills and unspoiled land. He found himself on Old Toll Road looking out over a picturesque ranch that he dreamed of acquiring.
Years later, Irv heard of a Mendocino property for sale. He gathered all his savings and headed to the auction to bid on the property sight unseen. As fate would have it, the land Irv purchased was the original 450 acre ranch that captivated him.
Seventy years later, they carry Irv’s love for the land through our third generation of family farmers. They celebrate the land Irv passed on to them by showcasing the rich fruit they grow on their property and putting their own Bliss into every bottle of wine they produce.
Pricing: SGD 49.00
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