With the world economy flushing itself down the toilet, wine lovers are indulging ourselves in our second favorite pursuit - finding wines that taste more expensive than they cost. (As opposed to our most favorite sport - scoring the rare artisanal wine no one else has ever heard of, no matter the cost.)
In looking for inexpensive wines that provide some measure of excitement, I didn't expect to find many pinot noir. And I certainly did not expect to find an Italian pinot noir. Most Italian pinot nero are quite pricey, and not always worth the expense. But the Monte Degli Angeli Pinot Noir 2006, from Monferratto in northwestern Italy, is a surprise. It begins with a slightly pruney, raisiny nose, then yields to a bright, cherry-plum palate that ends with stony, mineral tannins and a long finish. It's deceptively good - better with each taste. And at $9, a steal.
(Imported by Monsieur Touton, NY NY.)