Oaky oaky oaky

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for the brand.

Tonight we tried the 2009 Blackstone Winemaker’s Select Pinot Noir. It had a plastic cork, clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume and retails for about $7-$8.

Four takeaways from this wine:

1.) A heavy hand with the oak on this wine made it sweet, oaky, vanilla-y and just over the top for me.

2.) I’m not having much luck locating the blend, but I imagine this has a good dose of perhaps Syrah in it?

3.) It’s an $8 grocery store Pinot Noir. An under $20 Pinot from CA is hard to find…

4.) The wine is NMS.

On the nose I got lots of oak and oak influence. Sweet vanilla, sweet oak, cream, sweet red fruit, and lots of chocolate cherry, raspberry and cola aromas. In the mouth I got more oak. Also some spices like nutmeg, more vanilla, and sweet red fruits.