BV (Beaulieu Vineyard) Coastal Estates Pinot Noir

A good Pinot Noir rarely comes cheap. Most of what is sold at the sub-$20 level ranges from undrinkable to bland. Drop below $10, and you’re asking for trouble. This bottle, from BV’s mass-produced and widely distributed Coastal Estates label, checks in at $7.49. There’s a fairly pronounced barnyard aroma, with some light berry and spice, as well. There isn’t much flavor to be found here, but there’s also nothing offensive. Fans of powerful (and high-alcohol) California Pinots will be disappointed. Burgundy lovers might find more to appreciate.