Wow, TWO posts within the space of ONE week? Yes, 'tis the Christmas season and I am feeling generous with the words so I thought I would alert you to what I think is a bargain buy on a Pinot Noir that can be found at Trader Joe's. Well, perhaps can be found, since I bought this a few months ago.
The Picton Bay 2008 Pinot Noir comes in a screw-top bottle, something I find very convenient since there's no foil to cut and no cork to pull. This is not a long-ager so why bother? The label does say drink now or hold until 2012 but it's more one to drink up over the next year or so. By the way, this one comes from New Zealand.
First thing to notice is the color - it is a relatively light magenta. No heavy stuff here! It looks like a Pinot Noir.
Next is the aroma. It smells like a Pinot Noir in the fruit department: cherries and raspberry. Sort of like raspberry Kool-aid, actually. It's lacking in any barnyard component, though.
On the palate, it's got a light touch. Not watery, but light. Not like so many Pinots that have lots of texture and weight. There's a lot of cherry and raspberry fruit, along with cola and a bit of spice, held together with good acidity and mild tannins. The aftertaste even lingers a bit! I like the fact that it is not heavy. I don't think a Pinot Noir should be heavy.
This isn't going to win any awards for complexity, but for $7.99 I think it's a great value, one with discernable Pinot Noir character.