HRM Rex-Goliath, “Giant 47 Pound Rooster”, Pinot Noir, California NV ($8.50) – Clear ruby in color with nice Pinot aromas of black cherries and spice; mouth-filling raspberry and black cherry fruit and a surprising kick of tannin. Not your average Pinot and surprisingly varietally correct for under $10 a bottle. An impressive wine for current drinking and a great value. Score: 8.5/10
Update: The second day this wine picked up much more aromas and some flavors from oak, so I suspect some wood chips were involved on this one. As I have said in the past, oak doesn’t bother me as long as it’s not overpowering, as it was in this case.