It's only 7 pm and we just finish the bottle of Pinot from Laetitia (see below). We still have room for another glass of wine and decide to pull a less expensive Pinot from the wine fridge. Byron Santa Maria Valley 2004 Pinot Noir ($25 at http://www.byronwines.com/) has a beautiful ruby color with a hint of purple in the glass. This is a more "easy", less earthy, and more straight forward Pinot compared to the Laetitia, with bright fruit on the nose, and the same clean fruit of red plum and cherry on the palate. Nice tannins gives it a good length finish. I really like this one for the price and will make sure to stock up on it.