£15.99–£18.50, Flagship Wines, Stroud Wine, Shaftesbury Wines, St Andrews Wine Company
This is astonishingly good value for a smart Russian River Pinot Noir and I'm happy to be able to update this post with the news that the importer, Daniel Lambert Wines, still has plenty of stock. Even so, I would move fast if you want some (and why wouldn't you?), because who knows what the price of the follow-on vintage will be in the current volatile situation?
I first tasted the 2018 in autumn 2020 and recommended it in that year's Festive Red Wine Guide. When I tasted it again last autumn (thanks to Daniel Lambert), I was just as impressed, not least because it was evolving so slowly.
It's juicy, ripe and supple, but with a brightness and precision to the cherry, raspberry and cranberry fruit that avoids any hint of jamminess, and it's framed by a veil of soft, nutmeggy French oak that only adds to the interest and appeal.
It goes well with salmon and guinea fowl and would go well with other poultry, with ham and charcuterie, rich, creamy, potato and mushroom gratin and other mushroom dishes, or with bacon-wrapped roast partridge (assuming you haven't got a Grand Cru Burgundy to hand).
Angeline Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2018, California, US