Pinot Noir is an expensive wine to make as it is one of the toughest grapes to grow. Pinot Noir grapes require optimal growing conditions consisting of warm days and cool nights for the grapes to flourish. Burgundy, France and Willamette Valley, Oregon are where the best wines come from and can also be some of the most expensive wines. Chile is where some of the cheapest wines come from however they are of good quality.
Cristom is a fantastic producer from Willamette Valley, Oregon, their Mt. Jefferson Cuvee is one of my personal favorites. This Pinot Noir has a beautiful garnet color with lovely red fruit and earth on the nose. The palate has bright red cherry flavors followed with a touch of spice and earth that will further develop with a little more bottle age. The finish has nice acidity and earth making this a well structured, complex wine. I find this particular Pinot Noir to be one of the best tasting wines I have had from Willamette Valley at a reasonable price, coming in under $35.
Veramonte Pinot Noir from Casablanca Valley in Chile is one of the best tasting wines I have ever tried for under $10. There are aromas of red cherry, raspberry and plum on the nose followed by a touch of spice. The palate is full of the same red fruits on the nose with a finish of refreshing acidity and mineral notes. It is rare that you find such elegant structure and balance in such a cheap wine.
If you are a lover of Pinot Noir, often considered one of the best wines in the world, you are sure to like both of these.