J. Christopher Basalte Pinot Noir 2019
93 points Wine Spectator Insider 8/9/2023: "Gracefully structured, with a vibrant beam of cherry and raspberry flavors accented by stony minerality and dusky spices. Builds richness toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2030."
Pinot fans who prize bang for the buck: stop what you're doing and order this wine. We are neither joking nor exaggerating—J. Christopher Basalte 2019 is such a world-rocking value in silky, so-deliciously-ready-to-drink Willamette Valley Pinot noir that we were stopped in our tracks upon tasting it and did a triple-take on the price. We're confident you'll feel the same way the first time you pour yourself a glass. 93 is a whopper of a score from Wine Spectator for a sub-$30 Willamette Valley Pinot; forget the accolades if you want and just read our note. An astounding Pinot deal that—just stop reading and start ordering!—has such wonderful silky flavor that it lingers for minutes.
Us: Daaaaaamn this is tasty—so pretty and aromatic with such a big beautiful cherry heart. The extra time in bottle before release has made this as silky as sub-$30 Pinot gets, with remarkable flavor lingering through the finish. For real! Like we said, stop what you're doing and grab some now!