By way of background, opening thoughts: There's always SOME risk with an under-$10 pinot noir, but Trader Joe selections help ensure that the risk is mitigated. The wine will be be tasting, if not profound.
Original tasting and review : This is Oreana Winery Mission Point Pinot Noir, California, 2011, finished at 13.8% alcohol.
In the glass: Light to medium red.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows slightly dark but easy sweet fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be light and aromatic.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact slightly more tannic and gently acidic than anticipated, with the easy-going fruit that I anticipated. Light raspberries with a faint dusting of dark oak. Finishes completely clean. Nice enough.
In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its pleasant aromatics.
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