I find Pinot Noir in the $20 to $30 bracket can be a bit hit and miss. There are a few reasons for this but a good quality Pinot in that price bracket is certainly achievable. Here's a solid go-to which I spied on a restaurant wine list.
There's lots to like about its youth and energy. Bright red cherries plus some sour cherry. Scents of mushroom compost add some depth. Waves of peppery spice roll through. Licks of red plums arrive late. Quite smooth and pleasurable to finish, but overall, there's plenty of slurp factor. Good stuff.