By way of background, opening thoughts: I felt like a pinot noir today - ANY pinot noir. This one is a bargain-priced Trader Joe's exclusive offering. If the wine is as exuberant as the label, we'll be enjoying good times!
Original tasting and review : This is The County Fair - The Flying Pinot of the Central Coast - Pinot Noir, Central Coast, California, 2010 , finished at 13.5% alcohol.
In the glass: Medium/light magenta.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows sweet light red cherry with hints of pepper and cinnamon. From the aroma, seems like this will be pleasant but perhaps generic.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact a lush presentation of ripe plums and red cherry, with some ripe blueberry notes present as well. Richer than anticipated with a decent focus provided by the soft tannins.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a best value at its bargain price - which means it is an awesome value for a pinot noir. A definite go-to choice for a "pizza pinot"!
Check out today's pricing and retail availability for bargain Central Coast Pinot Noir.
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