Five Great Value Wines:
2007 Kracher Pinot Gris Illmitz ($16)
This Austrian Pinot Gris from the late master Alois Kracher is surprisingly rich, with a wonderfully penetrating minerality. As restaurateur Phil Walters says, "It screams terroir."
2007 Cameron Hughes Lot 110 Carneros Pinot Noir ($18)
The near-global wine glut has helped producers like Cameron Hughes, who are procuring fruit from some very good (and very secret) sources in California. This bright, lively red has true Pinot character.
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