I believe it was in an old issue of Wine Spectator where I read Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley is probably the safest bet. Is it safe even if it's a measly seven bucks from Trader's Joe's?
A bit of strawberry, a bit of vanilla, and a bit of funk on the nose.
Lots of vanilla – strong enough that it's weird – some cherry, strawberry, mild tannins, and solid acid – a good structure all around.
The tannins come forward on the finish with some lingering strawberry notes.
I can't argue with this as a bottle of cheap wine, but if you're looking for a good quality Pinot Noir, look away.