Rabbit Ridge Allure de Robles

A bouquet of dried leaves, raspberry, and dirt. The palate offers mild fruit and balanced tannins. This competent, though not particularly complex, blend seems inspired more by Burgundy than the Rhone.

Islay Peak Pinot Noir

A nose of cherry, dark dried fruit, spice, and sweet oak. The palate is more earthy and gamey. One of us thought it was nicely balanced, but the other two found it a bit cloying.

Martine Galhaud Moulin (MGM) Pinot Noir

Very bland. Lacking discernible fruit, acid, and tannins; this is more like wine-flavored water than actual wine.

HRM Rex-Goliath Pinot Noir

Aromas of bing cherry and a little bandaid. Tastes thin and diluted. Not awful, but uninspiring. Far more pleasant wines can be had for the price.

Votre Sante Pinot Noir (Francis Ford Coppola Winery)

This very pale Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast seems to straddle the line between typical Burgundy and California styles. On the one hand, there’s strawberry, cherry, and white cake batter; on the other, there’s smokiness, grassiness, and something almost foxy. The taste is a bit sour; the body, rather thin. Nevertheless, at $6.99, this is a reasonably priced Burgundian-style Pinot.