I’m hoping this falls into the cheap-but-good category! Let’s see how this goes down with a simple onion & pepper pizza.
Fadeaway Pinot Noir (2012) Monterey County, California – $8
Color: on the purplish side, but it’s not dense or opaque – which probably means it really is 100% Pinot, and hasn’t been stretched with Zin or Syrah.
Aroma: raspberry and strawberry fruit – just a little hint of cherry as well.
Taste: more fruit – it’s light and lively on the tongue, and the finish is very soft and easy with a little floral and forest-floor character.
Recommended – this is an eminently drinkable true Pinot for under $15, which is a rare find these days.
A simple off-dry Riesling to go with homemade chicken pot pie. The ‘petit reserve’ in the name means that this is a small production run, so availability is limited.
Trader Joe’s Petit Reserve Riesling (2012) Monterey County, California – $6
Color: very pale gold with a tiny hint of green.
Aroma: zesty – honeysuckle, green apple, and jasmine. As it warms up, some honeyed stone fruit aromas come out as well – apricot and white peach.
Taste: a good balance of acidity, fruit, and just a little sweetness (about 2 out of 10 on the sugar scale). More apple and floral notes on the tongue, with a little of that minerality that Riesling is known for. Not a lot of citrus, so you can drink this without food.
This is an excellent deal. It puts a lot of the $10 Rieslings from Washington to shame. Absolutely a recommended wine – get some while you can.