The 2010 Picton Bay Pinot Noir seems to be imported exclusively for Trader Joe’s and sells for $7.99. 100% Pinot Noir grapes grown from vineyards in the Marlborough and Nelson wine growing regions on the Northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. New Zealand Pinot Noir’s were all the rage a few years back, but the buzz has quieted down considerably as of late, an $8 price point is a good reason give them another try. The alcohol content is 13.5%.
The color is Smuckers Cherry Jelly red, bright, see-thru and shiny. The nose is cherry, a light touch of cedar, a little chocolate and a bit of herbs, everything is light and subdued, but not a bad nose for a $7.99 Pinot. Medium bodied, tart black cherry upfront, some strawberry and a sharp wallop of pepper spice, no delicate little Pinot Noir here, this one has a kick to it. The flavors smooth out on the mid-palate, there is some plum and nectarine. There is not much in the way of tannins happening and there is very nicely balanced acidity. The finish is juicy necarine with a little sizzle from the acidity.
The Picton Bay is decent 8 dollar Pinot Noir. It is well made, has good structure and has bold flavors, this is not one of those inexpensive wines that tries not to offend anyone,you may love it or hate it, but it makes its own statement.