Friday, November 21, 2014

VINTJS Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2013

Pinot Noir is a great pairing for a Thanksgiving turkey.  The smooth, ripe fruit flavor enhances the traditional turkey and fixings and appeals to red wine drinkers as well as those who prefer white.  The VINTJS Willamette Valley Pinot Noir is Trader Joe's suggestion for this Thanksgiving.

The Willamette River Valley in Oregon produces some of the finest Pinot Noir in the world.  The valley, from Eugene north to Portland, has cool wet winters and warm summers and most of the pinot grapes are grown on the slopes of the Coast Range west of the river. 

The current Fearless Flyer promises a bright palette of ripe cherries and berries, but I was most disappointed with the failure of the wine to deliver on that promise.  The wine did finish with some oak that I did appreciate.  The bottle only costs $8.99, but I would prefer to add a couple of dollars and try a different Pinot.

SC Wine Joe rating = 87