The Picket Fence, 2009 Russian River Valley is a tasty $18 pinot. 

It’s juicy, with aromas and flavors of cherry, toast and vanilla. No, it’s not complex, but it has some layered flavors and a kick of spice.

How does Picket Fence make such a tasty pinot for the price? The brand is owned by the Wine Partners, a division of Bronco Wine Company. And Bronco, owned by Fred Franzia, has the most vineyard land in California and quantities of scale in all its operations allows it to keep its prices low.

As for taste? You can’t beat Russian River fruit.

No, it could never stand up to Kosta Browne, Siduri or Holdredge pinot. But if you’re looking for an every day budget red, check it out.