California Pinot Noir prices have been steadily climbing over the last ten years. High demand is part of the equation, but it's also more challenging to grow the delicate grape in some regions due to the increasingly warmer growing season. Whatever the reasons for the price increases, you have to look a little longer and shop a little smarter to find some good ones at resonable prices.
I recently tasted about twenty California Pinots in the $12-$25 price range. Many of them were run of the mill or even flat out dissapointing, but there were a few standouts. Here's a list of five that I think you'll enjoy without spending too much money.