Decided to take a break from my endless tasting of under-$15 American wines for our April issue to taste a few Pinots, mostly from the Anderson Valley, also the home of one of my favorite beers, the utterly delightful Poleeko Gold Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Company. But enough about fizzy gold liquids, and on to the red, still ones. Note that these are all small production wines, and the best way to get hold of them is probably to contact the winery.
2006 Greenwood Ridge Mendocino Ridge Pinot Noir ($27) A sort of Audrey Hepburn approach to Pinot, graceful, light and very pretty. I liked the sweet raspberry-strawberry fruit (sweet but not sugary or overripe at all), and the complex spiciness on the nose.