12 Great Pinot Noirs for Under $20

All of these are totally affordable and worth your time.

Excellent Pinot Noir can be found for a lot less than you think. Here are 12 of Executive Wine Editor Ray Isle's favorites, all of them available for under $20. (Additional research by Brian Freedman.)

Canned Oregon Pinot Noir ($7)

Canned Oregon Pinot Noir
Canned Oregon

A brambly balance of berries and cherries marks this spicy, non-vintage canned Pinot.

2018 Cono Sur Chile "Bicicleta" Pinot Noir Reserva ($7)

Nicely structured tannins and an unexpectedly savory undertow define this affordable Pinot from Chile.

2018 The Pinot Project California Pinot Noir ($8)

An impressive effort from wine importer Michael Skurnik's Pinot-centric label: 20% French-oak aged, and lots of generous yet vibrant fruit.

2018 Viñedos Emiliana Chile Natura Pinot Noir ($10)

This raspberry-driven Pinot is full of energy and perfect for accompanying barbecue-sauce-slathered pork. Crafted from organic grapes.

2016 William Hill Estate Winery Central Coast Pinot Noir ($13)

Ripe strawberry and cherry cobbler flavors find a silky counterpart in notes of toasty vanilla, coconut, and mocha.

2018 J. Lohr Monterey County Falcon's Perch Pinot Noir ($14)

J. Lohr Vineyards Pinot Noir
J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines

A generous, plush Pinot, with gobs of chocolate-enrobed cherries and melted licorice, all lent freshness with a subtle hint of herbs.

2018 Cline Family Cellars Sonoma County Pinot Noir ($17)

Cline Cellars Pinot Noir
Megan Cline

With floral and almost meaty notes kissed with vanilla, this has concentration and excellent structure. Great with grilled meat.

2018 Joseph Drouhin Bourgogne Lafôret Pinot Noir ($17)

From one of the great families of the region, this everyday-priced red is a lovely introduction to the charms of red Burgundy, vintage after vintage.

2018 Verum Patagonia Pinot Noir ($18)

From the Alto Valle del Rio Negro, this has a floral lift and an elegant balance of red-berry fruit and licorice.

2017 Erath Oregon Pinot Noir ($19)

Erath Winery Pinot Noir
Erath Winery

Cherry fruit and an earthy bass note make this red from one of Oregon's first wineries distinctly compelling.

2018 Fowles Wine Australia Farm to Table Pinot Noir ($20)

Vivid berries with a touch of oak from Australia's premier Pinot-growing region, Victoria, make this red a great bottling to seek out.

2018 Olema Sonoma County Pinot Noir ($20)

Olema Pinot Noir
Sara Sanger Photography

Sonoma Coast, Petaluma Gap, Carneros, and Russian River Valley grapes combine to give this Pinot layered complexity and food-friendliness.

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