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Modest Mondays - Over the Edge

A quality Pinot for less than $15? You bet. Behold "Over the Edge" Pinot Noir from Martinborough, New ZealandOne trick to find great values in wine under $15 is to drink wines from regions that offer value. Two weeks ago, we mentioned Côte du Rhône is one such region. Another trick is to seek entry level wines from great producers.

Escarpment from Martinborough, New Zealand is producing excellent single vineyard Pinot Noirs, and fortunately for our everyday drinking needs, they also make a wonderful entry level pinot as well, "Over the Edge" Pinot Noir.

Now, making a quality pinot noir for under $15 is no easy task, but the folks at Escarpment have it down. Their last several vintages have had the critics singing their praise rating "Over the Edge" between 88-90 points. The 2010 "Over the Edge" is another quality effort with red berry, cherry and spice on the nose with flavors of red berries and plums fleshing out this medium-bodied red. True to the cool climate of the region, the wine finishes with a bright acidity while hints of black tea linger as the last impression on the palate.

As usual, I found that this red showed more depth and complexity with a little time in the decanter, so if you can remember to unscrew the cap of the "Over the Edge" ahead of time and decant it for 30 minutes, you’ll enjoy all this wine has to offer. What? Yes, I said unscrew. The wine has a screw cap closure and there is no reason to think any less of it.

To unscrew and enjoy "Over the Edge" in San Francisco (or to have it shipped to you), head to K&L Wines, where you’ll find it for $14, and if you’re in the East Bay, you can find it for $12 at The Wine Mine.

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