You don't find much $20 Oregon Pinot this good. Forward and bright, it still has a fresh, grapey quality to the fruit, which hits the palate crisp and spicy. Hints of juniper, earth and brown sugar add interest, and the wine retains its focus though a long, satisfying finish. —P.G.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.