low priced pinot noirs that are worth drinking are hard to come by. i have heard a great deal about this one from friends and fellow wine drinkers and finally bought a bottle for about $7. the nose was red berries, mainly strawberry and a little earthy note. as the wine opened a bit i got some nice licorice and spicy cinnamon aromas as well. so far so good. on the palate, i got an immediate burst of fruit with lush strawberry and cherry flavors coming through. this was followed by some nice vanilla and earthy flavors, along with a hint of spice. silky, smooth tannins and a medium length finish rounded out the whole experience. nothing pretentious about this wine at all. just a nice, every day pinot at a very nice price.