Pinot possibilities range from the delightful to the disappointing

VINTAGE POINT

July 18, 1993|By Michael Dresser

The following pinot noirs, tasted within the last month, were bought for under $20 in Maryland stores. They are listed in order of preference.

* 1989 Knudsen-Erath Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon

* 1990 Frederic Esmonin Bourgogne "Les Genevrieres" ($18).

These wines are of average quality, but the Le Sable is cheap enough to serve as an everyday hamburger wine:

* 1990 Bourgogne, Selection Becky Wasserman, Pinot Noir ($9).

L * 1989 Rex Hill Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon ($18).

* 1990 Seghesio Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley ($8).

* 1988 Le Sable Pinot Noir, Oplemac, Yugoslavia ($5).

* 1991 Mountain View Pinot Noir, 50 percent Monterey, 50 percent Napa ($7.49).

The following wines should be avoided:

* 1991 Wyndham Estate Pinot Noir, Bin 333, Southeastern Australia ($7.49).

* Calera Red Table Wine, California Pinot Noir, nonvintage ($12).

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