Steele Carneros Pinot Noir
I did a few wine tastings for clients over the weekend, and tried a CA Pinot Noir that I really enjoyed...the best part is that it's in my general price range for a weekend wine (and for me, that means no more than $20. Though if someone else is buying then the sky's the limit.)
At around $18 a bottle, the Steele Carneros Pinot Noir is textbook Carneros Pinot for this price range--low yet silky tannins, flavors of black cherry, and a slight hint of that can't-quite-put-your-finger-on-it "earthiness" so common in Pinots.
It's easy-drinking and easy on the wallet, and went over really well with the crowd at the tasting on Saturday night. I'm going to add it to my list of "reasonably" priced CA Pinots--along with Acacia, Angeline and (cheaper still at less than $10 a bottle) Camelot. It was really lovely and very enjoyable.