Thursday, January 13, 2011

VINTJS Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2009

9$ at Trader Joes. This wine is also a Wine by Joe wine, just like the Pinot Gris. The Pinot Gris is definitely a better deal, although this wine isn't that bad. Cherry coke, vanilla and raspberry on the nose, before cranberries and just a hint of earthiness on the back end. Fat and plump, yet strangely thin in the mid-palate and a little unfocused. I don't know that I would by this again, because I think that there are some other Pinot options out there for around the same price that perform better. Still, really not that bad. C+/B-


MattRyan said...

Glad to know this, I haven't tried this wine - and probably won't. Next time you're at TJs, look for One Thousand One Pinot Noir. It's made by Kent Rasmussen, one of the early Pinot makers in Carneros. It's definitely worth more than its $6 price tag. There's a posting on my site about it.

Jeff said...

This one was a little more knot together day two. I don't know though. I don't think it's as good as the Picket Fence.

I'll check that out if I see it. Thanks for the tip.

rmcmilla1355 said...

I work in the wine business and love this wine for $9. Been drinking it for an everyday wine and really enjoying it. Since its a negotiant label made for trader joes, you might expect bottle variation but I've found little.

Jeff said...

Glad to hear that. It's certainly not bad for $9 Pinot...but I think there are a lot of other better wines out there in the sub-$10 price point. At such a low price point, I don't think you can expect much varietal character (and if you get it, it's a good thing) and thus I tend to compare sub-$10 wines to other sub-$10 wines as opposed to other examples of the same grape/region etc. And the fact of the matter is that if you're going to go drinking Pinot, there are very few Pinot's out there that are cheap and also good. There are a ton of other options that are great in the price bracket though. Personally, I'd rather have a really great wine than a mediocre one that is perceived as a very good value just because it's Pinot.