10 outstanding Pinot Noirs from £10-50

7. £10-£15: SeaGlass Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara, California, USA, 2016

This year’s star wine under £15 hailed from the US, which is perhaps a surprise for those in Europe who associate this country with expensive reds, priced upwards by a thirsty domestic market. But this wine from SeaGlass in Santa Barbara wowed the judges with its beautifully ripe, soft red-berry fruit and touch of vanilla-sweet oak, along with a lightness of feel, and that important crisp finish, ensuring it delivered all the elegant appeal of Pinot without the high price.

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