Sunday, February 16, 2014

Review: *** $ Trader Joe's Reserve Pinot Noir, Lot 83, Arroyo Grande Valley, California, 2012 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Trader Joe's Reserve Pinot Noir, Lot 83, Arroyo Grande Valley, California, 2012, finished at 13.9% alcohol, vinted by the Reluctant Wine Company.

In the glass: Deep red with a ruby cast.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows deep plumy fruit, just little hints of classic pinot noir fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be deep and perhaps sweet.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact quite soft and lush, brimming with trim, ripe red fruit. Flavors a bit reminiscent of Central Coast simple merlots. Little acids, but a furry robe that settles the flavors in your cheeks.  A surprisingly plush pinot noir experience, but without the heights of flavor you may be seeking in a pinot noir.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this an easy best value at its bargain price point.

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for bargain Arroyo Grande pinot noir.

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