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Great Pinot Noirs for under $25

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It's a perfect wine for the season and Al and Hugh have their recommendations for some delicious Pinot Noirs for under $25.00.  Click the links below to purchase Al and Hugh's recommendations at Kenilworth Wine & Spirits.

The Wines

Price key:  $ = less than $20  $$ = $20-40   $$$ = $40-60  $$$$ = above $60

Quality key:  * = decent wine   ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine   **** = elite

Josh Cellars Pinot Noir, Central Coast '15 ** $

(A tad sweet, but well made, informal, a good deal)

Saint Gregory Pinot Noir, Mendocino '14 **1/2 $$

(A very well restrained pinot with no sharp elbows, lots of depth)

Taken Wine Co. "Complicated" Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast '15 **1/2 $

(VALUE Lovely silky texture, rich flavors, almost zin-like)

Bench Pinot Noir, Central Coast '15 **1/2 $

(Great VALUE, very Burgundian in style, text-book pinot, complex)

Al Spoler, well known to WYPR listeners as the wine-loving co-host of "Cellar Notes" has had a long-standing parallel interest in cooking as well. Al has said, the moment he started getting serious about Sunday night dinners was the same moment he started getting serious about wine. Over the years, he has benefited greatly from being a member of the Cork and Fork Society of Baltimore, a gentlemen's dining club that serves black tie meals cooked by the members themselves who are some of Baltimore's most accomplished amateur cooks.
As General Partner of Clipper City Brewing Company, L.P., Hugh J. Sisson is among Baltimore's premier authorities on craft brewing and a former manager of the state's first pub brewery, Sissons, located in Federal Hill. A fifth generation Baltimorean, Hugh has been involved in all aspects of craft brewing.