I had a 99 that I liked a lot. Here's the TN from the old WLDG:
Topic: TN: Finally, a drinkable under -$10 pinot
Date: Wed Sep 19 11:48:48 2001
I love pinot noir and am constantly faced with the dilemna of drinking $30 bottles or having no pinot at all. So I have a lot less pinot than I''d like. Encouraged by the delicious 99 basic La Crema a friend poured for me this weekend, $12.99 at Costco, I picked up a ''99 Fetzer Five Rivers Ranch (Santa Maria) yesterday at Ralph''s for $9. Medium bodied, good spice-and-cherry pinot character without much of that green character wines from this area can have, well-balanced, not over-oaked. Very, very good for the price.
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov