Recommendations for an affordable oaky, spicy pinot noir

Hi all,

I'm new here! Hello!

I like Pinot Noir's that are noticeably oaky and have spice.

To be more specific, my favorite wines of all time are the Domaine Newman Beaune ones. I like almost everything Domaine Newman does.

The problem with them is that they are rather expensive and I can't really justify getting more than 1 bottle every few months.

I have asked at local wine stores (I live in Louisiana--so Martin's Wine Celler) a few times to recommend wines that are like the Beaune's above but more affordable. I have done this several times with different staff, and each time when I take it home and drink it I think it is okayish but not really exactly what I was looking for.

Maybe it is just impossible and I should just resign myself to drinking yuckier stuff most of the time. But I thought I'd see if the wine spectator community had any recommendations.

Ideally, "affordable" here means under $25. If you can go even lower than that, though, by all means do so and I won't be offended...

Thanks for any advice!
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If you're looking for a US pinot, Calera de Villiers might be a good option. Good fresh fruit, nice spice and leather/smoke/cigar box. Not overly oaky, though. It's also more than $25. I think it'll run you $38-39.

Since you mentioned Beaune, I figure you aren't looking for a big Cali fruit-bomb... which is what I think of when I think of oaky pinot. Stuff like Belle Glos Meiomi, which is big, rich, strawberry jam, oaky mocha and earth. If you want oak, Meiomi's got it. People either love it or hate it. And it's in your price bracket. (Me, I understand the appeal, but it's not what I like to drink.)
Okay, I'm ordering a case of the Meiomi... Here's hoping!

I'll keep you updated on whether or not it's any good.

Domain Newman Beaune is a little deceptive by the way. He is an American who went to Beaune and did his thing. So maybe their wines are a weird combination of who-knows-what. I love them, regardless... I just don't like spending around $100 a bottle...
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Originally posted by Shane T.:
Why don't you try a bottle of the Meiomi first before springing for a case?

Whether or not a wine is "Any good" is completely up to you. But yes, let us know what you think of it.

And, welcome to the boards.


+1

Buy one bottle and try it first. Meoimi is readily available and you should be able to pick it up locally. (I just checked winesearcher, and Martin Wine Cellar has the 2011 for $20.27.)

It's the least pinot-like pinot I've tried, and is an acquired taste. I wouldn't buy it again, but that's just me.

I only mentioned it because you said you like lots of oak - and Meomi is big, jammy fruit and big oak/mocha. But if you invest in a case and you decide it's not what you're looking for, you'll be stuck drinking it for awhile (or you'll be foisting it on friends). I've been down that road myself - buying a case (or two) on the recommendation of a critic - and I wouldn't do it again. The thinking is "but what if I love it and then find out I can't get any more!"... but as I've also learned, there's always more wine. Maybe not the same bottle, but there's always plenty of great wine to buy and try.

You could also try the entry-level Calera - just called Calera Pinor Noir. It's definitely within your price bracket. Martin Wine Cellar has it for $24.54 (although I've seen it elsewhere in the US for as little as $17.50). But just buy one bottle and try it first. Smile
Hi all,

I had already ordered the case so it was too late.

I got the Meoimi case and opened it up. My wife loves it, and says it is the best thing ever, so it will not go to waste.

I think it is not bad but nothing at all like the D.N. Beaunes. It is way too fruity to have any resemblance to them.

It isn't at all bad though, so thanks for the advice!

I'll get some Calera and keep you updated.

I really appreciate the effort you took to respond to me. Thank you for all of your time!
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Originally posted by nennafir:
Hi all,

I had already ordered the case so it was too late.

I got the Meoimi case and opened it up. My wife loves it, and says it is the best thing ever, so it will not go to waste.

I think it is not bad but nothing at all like the D.N. Beaunes. It is way too fruity to have any resemblance to them.

It isn't at all bad though, so thanks for the advice!

I'll get some Calera and keep you updated.

I really appreciate the effort you took to respond to me. Thank you for all of your time!


Glad to hear that. If the wife likes it, that's a winner in my book.

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