Wine Review: BV Pinot Noir Coastal Estates

bv_pinot_noirA Good, Everyday Pinot Noir

Beaulieu Vineyards has long been a staple of the novice wine lover and a “Go-To” wine for the avid wine drinker looking to save some money on a decent bottle. But BV (as it is more commonly known), makes wines that run the gamut when it comes to quality, from budget-priced bottles to exclusive, high-end releases. The vineyard itself was founded in Rutherford, CA in 1900 by Georges de Latour.


Juicy and light, displaying the ruby colors we expect.


Strong cherry, smoke, fresh-cut redwood and trailing with some blackcurrant.


Delicious through and through, even in the young vintages. The quality to price ratio on this wine is ridiculous, with the BV tasting far better than some $25 Pinot Noirs we’ve had. Great smokey cherries and some tobacco coming through, without overcompensating on the acid. Good fruit with a clean finish that has hints of autumn leaves and vanilla.

With Food

Since Thanksgiving is rolling around, it should be noted that Pinot Noirs actually go surprisingly well with turkey and stuffing. Otherwise, grilled lean meats such as lamb, ostrich or game would do just fine. Or, crack open a bottle and just enjoy it alone.

$6.99 at All Star Wine & Spirits!

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9 Responses to “Wine Review: BV Pinot Noir Coastal Estates”

  1. […] 9. BV Coastal Estates Pinot Noir […]

  2. I just bought this on sale for $6.99 and was worried I might be dissapointed so I Googled ‘BV Coastal Estates Pinot Noir+reviews’ and clicked on your post. Now I have no regrets, already opened and tried-it’s good! Thanks for an honest review. Happy to have found your blog.

  3. Wine Welfare Says:
    January 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Sweet! Thanks for reading and commenting!

    Glad my review helped you out. What you wrote is exactly what I wanted to hear. Just love helping people find a great wine without spending a ton of money!

    Hope you keep reading. Let me know if you have any suggestions of what I should try/review!


  4. Jeana Holden Says:
    January 14, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Just stumbled across this blog after Googling reviews of the Beaulieu pinot noir. I’s fun to see the wine that’s sparkling in a glass next to me, described in terms that I can ‘taste’ for at this very moment. I’ll be back to check out your reviews for other wines, for sure. Thanks!

    (P.S. You may want to change this… ‘Beaulieu Vineyards …makes wines that run the gammet when it comes to quality…” I think you meant ‘gamut’ 🙂

    Delightful blog. Carry on.

  5. Wine Welfare Says:
    January 22, 2012 at 5:08 pm


    Thanks for catching the typo! I hate when that happens, and I know there are many more throughout this site.

    Glad you enjoyed reading my BV post! Hope to get some new stuff up soon.

    Thanks for reading!


  6. Very good pinot…I have tried several at around it’s price range and can honestly say it’s one of the better ones I have tried. It has a very unique complex flavor, fairly fruit forward with just a hint of spice as described.

  7. A favorite local restaurant has been bought out. We discovered tonight that they no longer offer a wine list. They only carry BV Coastal. We ordered the Pinot Noir feeling like it would be a total crap shoot. Surprise! We really enjoyed it. I decided to investigate this label and stumbled upon your website. Looking forward to reading more of your reviews.

  8. I start drinking BV wines more than 35 years ago with their Cab’s and Blanc from the Rutherford Vineyards. It was the first winery I put on my favorites list and these award winners have stayed there. I was a bit cautious when they started the Coastal Estates label but was pleasantly surprised at how bright and flavorful they are. This 2012 Pinot Noir has more subtle tastes so that it can be enjoyed as you suggested with a variety of meats and i might add some fine fine English or Irish Cheddar cheese.

  9. Randy Lala Says:
    August 30, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Great wine! Really enjoy the taste and price! Will buy again.

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