One of the ~ $9 wine that Trader Joe’s has carried for years. The quality of the Black Mountain label has varied somewhat over the years, and I’m curious about how this vintage of the Pinot will do. When I tried the Cabernet over the summer, it had definitely declined, but the 2012 Merlot is excellent.
Black Mountain “Haro Hills” Pinot Noir (2012) California – $8.70
Aroma: the fruit notes also carry some hard candy (or ‘boiled sweet’ for the British), like you’d get from Beaujolais – the best way to describe that for the novice is to think of a watermelon Jolly Rancher. There’s definitely some blackberry and blueberry in there.
Taste: A feminine style, totally dominated by fruit, but with a harder edge thanks to those hard-candy notes. Reminds me quite a bit of a Beauolais (cru, not nouveau). This is definitely a Pinot Noir for American tastes.
Recommended. If you’re looking for a sub-$10 Pinot Noir, this is about as good as you’ll ever find. The style is definitely appealing to a beginner’s palate, but I’m enjoying this with some pork pot roast.