The wine this week has a classy-looking label. It's the 2005 Paraiso Pinot Noir from the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County. This set me back $16.99 at Costco.
This was a pretty magenta color in the glass, a shade dark for pinot noir. On the nose were cherries, earth (like potting soil), white pepper and vanilla creme. Very nice and pinot-like.
On the palate I found more cherries, white pepper, a twig or underbrush component, and after getting some air time, a slight bit of chocolate and soy. Tannins were integrated and nicely chewy, and overall this wine took on quite a silky texture with airing.
This was a nice bottle of wine. It wasn't spectacular but it was well-made. I especially liked the aromas. On the palate the cherrry fruit dominated. Two thumbs up.