2007 Castle Rock Mendocino County Pinot Noir

2007 Castle Rock Mendocino County Pinot NoirPrice: $9.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per Castle Rock “Our Castle Rock Pinot Noir was produced from grapes grown in Northern California’s beautiful Mendocino County, where vineyards were first planted in the early 1860’s. Here, the headwaters of the Russian River carve a fertile and rugged landscape. The warm summers, cool springs, crisp falls and wet winters make ideal growing conditions for Pinot Noir grapes, in a climate similar to that of the Burgundy region of France, where the grapes were first established. This elegant and medium-bodied wine has delicate aromas of violet and rose petals, complex flavors and long silky textures, with layers of strawberry and raspberry leading into a long refined finish.”

What I Think:

This wine was first brought to my attention via a comment from Diane Diane in late October. As my experience with the ’06 wasn’t that great I wasn’t super keen to grab it. After it scored another recommendation on twitter from Big Wine Blog I decided to track it down.

And boy, am I glad I did! Delicate, floral perfumed nose. Lilacs? Rose petals? I definitely need to smell more flowers to get better at isolating these scents as floral is about as far as I can usually get. At the front of the palate nice, soft strawberries. Lingers nicely through the mid palate leading to a slightly dry finish with silky tannins and flavors of orange rind. Easily worth every cent of the $10 I paid. Slightly reminds me of all time favorite Pinot which is also from Mendocino, the Navarro I grabbed some more and am thrilled to have a go to bottle of Pinot for the near future!

Rating: Buy It+

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34 thoughts on “2007 Castle Rock Mendocino County Pinot Noir

    • It’s definitely good (strawberries and cream on the nose), but not a life changer for me. Reminded me a lot of the Estancia Pinot from Monterey.

  1. I had a bottle of this last week – amazing value! Went back to my Trader Joe’s to buy more only to find they didn’t have it any more. When I asked about it they pointed me to a 2008 Pinot Noir from Castle Rock, but it was not from Mendocino County, so I passed. Is this one still available? I really want more (I’m in Chicago)

  2. @Hedi Angela, my TJ’s insider, recently let me know this one is working its way out of the system. It is much more broadly available than just Trader Joe’s. When searching for wines I usually check Wine Searcher first. Here are the results for where it shows available in Illinois. Looks like Sam’s is your ticket!

  3. Hi Jason,
    Well, it looks like its still available for the moment,
    at least here in Alameda.
    (Finally got our shipment in the other day)
    But al least I’ve set aside my bottles for the Holidays so I won’t miss out.

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  5. Looks like the ’07 is all gone.
    Has anyone tried the ’08 yet?
    I’ll put it on my list and hopefully to get to it soon.

  6. I tried the 2008 the other day, but sadly never found the 2007 for a comparison. Thought the ’08 was pretty solid, although I’m not sure it would drop at #1 on the top 10 list again. After it was able to breathe a little I really started to like it, but then again that could have just been the 3rd glass talking. I’d be curious to hear what others think, as there still appears to be some of it available at the West Chester Trader Joes where I normally shop.

  7. Took your advice and found it yesterday after some searching. From what we were told at trader Joes, they are no longer carring it due to a price increase….we found it at Costco fo 7.99. A worker there told us that it was ‘recalled’ and that they were getting it ready to ship back to castle rock…we are assuming that it was being recalled for a price increase?!?!

  8. @Bill I’ll grab the ’08 soon. Still have 6 bottles of the ’07 left thanks to the tip off from Angela that it was going out of stock. If you have a Costco membership may be worth looking for the ’07 there.

    @Reba They have the 2008 at Trader Joe’s now, still at $9.99, $7.99 is a great deal on this wine. Perhaps they had it mis-marked and had to take it off the floor…

    @Richard Wow, $7.99 is a steal! Looks like Reba saw the same thing briefly.

    Thanks all for the comments!

  9. We had the ’08 Mendocino here in MA for a short time for $9.99 and should get it back in early Nov.

    What did I think? It was a great Burgundian style pinot that surprised me, having had the Monterey and the Cali cuvee in past years.

    I got truffles and spice and lots of fruit from it, but maybe that was an odd bottle.

    • Thanks for the notes Peter, yet to grab the ’08 as I have half a case of the ’07 available. That said it is readily available here in northern California. Glad to hear the initial review is positive!

  10. We tried the 2008 last night and boy was I disappointed.
    It’s definitely earthy than the ’07, without the lovely floral notes and for me, there seemed to be an odd, loud cherry component in the mid-palate. Perhaps another year in the cellar or decanting for an hour or so might help?

    In other Pinot news, the Bogle ($13) seemed to be the Crew favorite along with the MacMurray ($14).
    Bogle: Smooth, subtle, slighty smoky, nice finish
    MacMurray: Bright friut, tasty, went well with turkey & cranberry
    I’ll have to put the Rex, Red Truck and Mission Point on the list to see if we have an drinkable Pinots for $10 and under.

    Definitely excited to see the other Castle Rock offerings and plan to have a few on the Tasting list in the next couple of weeks. I think the Merlot is from the Columbia Valley as well.
    David, our Domestics Order Writer says they are not a Hustle Buy, so I’ll try to check the Order Guide sometime this week to double-check their status.

  11. Almost forgot, the Louis Jadot Beajolais Rose ($5) was very tasty. Dry with nice friut & brightness. Someone detected a peppery note and I got some minerals. Great choice for turkey & cranberry and a real crowd pleaser. This one I believe is a Hustle Buy, so stock up for Thanksgiving ASAP.

    I’ll be doing Whites & Zinfandels for turkey in 2 weeks right after we do the big Flyer Tasting next Tuesday and I’ll let you know the results.

  12. Those 3 new offerings from Castle Rock are interestingly potential good buys. I’ll be waiting for your tasting notes Angela.


  13. Holiday pinot noir alert: 2008 Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir Valle Central. Wow! Sourced from Chile (who’d of thunk) and recommended by Jason’s buddy RJ at RJ’s Wine Blog, this garnet colored gem attacks with inrediblle depth of soft aromas and flavors, including marzipan, blueberries, jasmine, orange marmalade and milk chocolate on the nose. and tastes of blackberries, dark chocalate and raspberry carrying notes of strawberry and black currant to a long, pleasing finish of orange peel and black tea. Fruity but graceful…..$6.00 at Krogers/Raphs or $9.00 at Whole Foods grocery stores.Imported by Three Loose Screws, a division of Sabastiani & Sons. Rating: Bulk Buy

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