2010 Pali Wine Co. Huntington Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara County

One of the questions many Pinot lovers ask is, “What’s available at the $20 mark?” It ‘s not impossible to find good wines in this price range, but it can be a little challenging. Let me introduce you to the 2010 Pali “Huntington” Santa Barbara County Pinot noir. It might be one of those value Pinot’s you add to your shopping list if you appreciate a full throttle throw caution to the wind style of wine. This is a relatively new venture (2005 out of Lompoc) and the first vintage I have tasted from their lineup. The name “Pali” comes from their hometown Pacific Palisades on the coast just west of Los Angeles.

Sourced from Santa Barbara’s cool coastal climate, this medium-bodied fruit forward wine is full of bright pungent cherries, violet, plum and a hint of mineral and a sweet mid-palette. It finishes long and is drinkable now with or without food. It needs a little breathing time before drinking, so give it 30 minutes or so to blossom. 2,136 case production.

Rating: Good (86) | $21 | 14.6% ABV