Think that pinot noir that retails for under $20 isn’t very good? Get yourself a bottle of Arrowhead Spring Vineyard 2010 Piont Noir ($18) and unlearn that widely held belief.

Just-crushed raspberries and pomegranate fruit dominate the nose and tell you what’s coming on the ripe, concentrated palate — more raspberry and pomegranate with chalky, gently grippy tannins and fresh acidity. With some time open, a faint spicy, Dr. Pepper-esque note steps forward a half step.

It’s not complex or a wine to age for 10-15 years, but it’s satisfying and delicious.

Producer: Arrowhead Spring Vineyards
AVA: Niagara Escarpment
ABV: 13.6%
Price: $18*

(3 out of 5, Very good/Recommended)