As your humble Wine Bargain Sleuth is ever vigilant and on the lookout for value Pinot Noir that actually resemble high quality Pinots and Burgundies, the Wine by Joe project suggested by a good friend had me intrigued. I recently had the opportunity to meet Joe Dobbes, the proprietor of both the Wine by Joe value label and the more prestigious Dobbes Family Estate label (Pinot Noirs and Chards produced under this label frequently garner 90+ ratings, and deservedly so!). Joe’s passion for both projects was obvious, and he was justifiably proud of the Wine by Joe wines. My personal favorite was the 2014 Wine by Joe Pinot Noir. Sourced from Pinot growers throughout the state of Oregon, the 2014 Wine by Joe Pinot Noir was a balanced, elegant offering that would fool some Pinot fans who taste it in a blind tasting alongside much more decorated wines. An enticing nose and tastes of cherry, strawberry, pomegranate and a hint of vanilla, with light tannins and refreshing acidity combine to add up to a terrific Pinot for your personal collection. Although the 2014 Wine by Joe Pinot has not yet been rated, past vintages have been awarded strong 89 ratings by both Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast magazines. At a suggested retail of $19 and its pedigree and sourcing of Oregon grapes, this represents a remarkable bang for the buck. Also tasted and enjoyed were the Wine by Joe 2015 Chardonnay and 2015 Pinot Blanc, each retailing for $14. Without a doubt these Wine by Joe offerings offer incredible bang for the buck and truly terrific value wine. Wine sleuths, what are you waiting for? If you can’t find them at your local wine purveyor, then check out their website: http://dobbesfamilyestate.com.