Staying on focus (recommendations for Pinot at $35 or less)... I forgot to mention that I don't think that I've ever participated in a bottle of Walter Hansel that I didn't thoroughly enjoy.
Walter Hansel makes several different Pinots that are in the $35 and under category. Even when they are young, I have found them to be an excellent pop-and-pour, with little or no decanting necessary.
One more Pinot, if you can stretch the budget just a couple of dollars to $38... 2005 Ketcham Estate Russian River Pinot. Relatively new producer, the wine maker being Michael Browne (as in Kosta Browne). It should be one for you to put onto your list to try. In fact, this might be a good mailing list to get on.