AG Pick Under $20: Carmel Road Pinot Noir

I’m very picky about my Pinot Noir and have a hard time finding ones I enjoy that are under $30.  So for a great tasting bottle under $20 it’s hard to beat Carmel Road’s 2006 Monterey Pinot Noir.

Carmel RoadThe wine is 100% Pinot Noir from vineyards in Monterey County, California.  It’s aged for 7 and a half months in 21% new French oak barrels.

The nose reveals flavors of red cherry and cola with a hint of rose petal.  The taste is an elegant mix of red currant and cherry with toast and warm spice on the finish.  The medium intensity wine has a smooth mouthfeel and good acidity.  The wine is a little tight at the beginning so give it time to open up or use a decanter.

This is a very versatile wine and can be served with a wide variety of fish, poultry and beef dishes.

The 2006 Carmel Road Monterey Pinot Noir costs around $16.