Monday, November 15, 2010

Trader Joes Carneros Pinot Noir 2008

Feeling like I might get lucky after the Picket Fence, I threw caution to the wind and bought a cheap version of an expensive grape...9.99$ at Trader Joes. Land mine territory, to be sure. Spices, vanilla, sour cherries, maple syrup, pine and orange rind. Lighter in body than the Picket Fence, quite sweet, good balance, and a short finish. This is not as substantial as the Picket Fence, which has about as much subtlety as getting hit in the head with a 2x4. This wine is okay, but it's not demonstrably more interesting or better than the Picket Fence. For a dollar more, I'd skip this wine and get the Picket Fence instead. When retailers are offering their own branded items, you have to ask yourself why the winery, if they thought that they had a stellar product, wasn't trying to sell it themselves. Although this wine really isn't bad, it's also not that interesting. I guess the silver lining is that this wine is $9.99 instead of $25, $30, or more, and that's what people can charge for California Pinot, even if it isn't all that good. B 


Cabfrancophile said...

Had this at Thanksgiving. Thought it was a very good Pinot that tasted like Pinot, actually. Only had a small glass of it, but there was no obvious flaw or weirdness as is often the case with these TJs wines. Definite win at $10 in my book.

Jeff said...

Yeah, agree. Really though my perspective on it was framed by the PIcker Fence. The Picket Fence I thought was better, cheaper, and more interesting. If you see that you ought to try it.