Hey I am back but only briefly! I've been drinking wines consistently since my last post ages ago but have just been too lazy to write about them.
I felt I needed to do this short review as a public service, though. I bought a bottle of 2006 Cherry Hill Pinot Noir Papillon from Trader Joe's a few weeks ago. It's an Oregon wine.
Pouring it in the glass, it doesn't look like a Pinot Noir. It is too dark and too purple. It doesn't smell like a Pinot Noir. And it doesn't taste like a Pinot Noir, either. It is too heavy and textured, and tastes more like a Cab/Syrah mix.
To be fair, the wine buyer at the TJ's where I purchased it told me this was a "heavy" and "darker" Pinot Noir, and he was right. The VINTJS that they were selling is better than this one, if you are looking for a Pinot Noir with a more authentic character.
If you just want a decent red wine and don't care if it particularly tastes like the grapes it is made of, then this isn't a bad deal for $9.99 but if you're expecting a Pinot Noir, I'd say go elsewhere.
Okay, back to my hibernation now..