Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Pinot Noir 2010

Trader Joes, $12.99

Aaron: While not normally a pinot fan and admittedly skeptical of a “Trader Joe’s” brand bottle, I was surprisingly impressed with this smooth red.  The nose was light as expected, consisting mostly of berries and some oak.  The value of this bottle is truly in the rich, fruity flavor.  The medium body featured no spice and was velvety and enjoyable.  The soft, buttery finish was a perfect complement and made for a great bottle.  Given the price, I’d definitely try this again and use it in a blind tasting to “trick a snob”.  92 Points

Teri: Once again, Trader Joe’s does it right…making a spectacular Pinot Noir with grapes from the highly acclaimed Carneros region of the Napa Valley. This bottle has a complex and elegant taste with fruit forward nodes of cherry and blackberry. The perfect tannins and nice medium legs rounds out this bottle as a great buy! 93 points

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