2006 Windbreak Pinot Noir

2006 Windbreak Pinot NoirPrice: $9.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per San Antonio Winery “Windbreak is handcrafted at Orcutt Road Cellars in the Edna Valley of San Luis Obispo. Both clonal selections are fermented separately in small, open-top tanks. The cap is “punched down” in order to delicately extract color without creating excessive tannins. After aging in French oak barrels, the individual lots are evaluated and blended. The wine is dark and structured with intense flavors of black cherry and raspberry. Barrel aging contributes nuances of oak spice and cedar with a long, mouth-filling finish.”

What I Think:

This one is a product of the San Antonio Winery and the ’07 goes for $35 a bottle on the site which also mentions in its awards that it received 89 Points from the Wine Enthusiast in September 2008. As to the brand, the description from the bottle describes the Windbreak (brand) as the rows of trees planted to protect the vines from the maritime winds.

This one is light brownish red in color, almost sun-baked mud. 14.5% abv. On the nose this one offers black cherries, rhubarb and green pepper action. The palate greets you with forward, bright fruit and racy acidity. The structure is sound but the acidity is a bit overwhelming for me to grab another bottle. Especially considering the stellar Pinot lineup Trader Joe’s has on the shelves today. Granted I might be getting greedy and expecting a bit much but there are plenty of options out there. What’s your favorite $10 Pinot Noir today?

Rating: Pricey

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6 thoughts on “2006 Windbreak Pinot Noir

  1. Jason, I felt the same way about the Windbreak. I found it a little hot and the acidity was a bit much, even with food. Not a bad wine for $10, but I don’t think I’ll be buying any more. I felt the ’07 Castle Rock offerings were more enjoyable for around the same price. I haven’t tried the ’08s yet. Have you?

    I’m still looking forward to trying one of the 06 Robert Stemmler RRV Pinots I picked up at TJs the other day.

    Happy Holidays!

  2. Sorry to hear you didn’t like it. The Sebastopol Hills Pinot @$9.99 is, in my opinion, a great deal, and much more of a traditional Pinot–if you can still find it at less than 600 cases around. A TJ’s second label for a much more expensive restraunt wine, a non-disclosure as always.
    The Windbreak can be a bit abrasive, but I found the build of the wine to be a high point, a wine that would thrive with aging. A TJ’s Petit Reserve Pinot from Monterey is coming through in a little over a week that @ $6.99 should provide great value. Personally haven’t tried it yet, though.

  3. @joshiemac I’ve yet to try the ’08 Castle Rock. The reviews to date have been mixed and I am expecting a somewhat significant drop off in the Mendocino version which was my fave. Hopefully I’ll be pleasantly surprised…

    @Danny Thanks for mentioning the Pepperwood Grove. I had my first bottle a week or so ago and finished on the fence. I’ll get to that 2nd bottle in the next few days as many palates I respect starting with yours, @joshiemac (who commented above) and RJ are fans. Stay tuned!

    @DP It’s not that I didn’t like it, just preferred others. As for the Sebastopol Hills I grabbed a bottle of that last week, looking forward to it and I will keep my eye out for the Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve. As always, thanks for the tips!

  4. I stumbled across Windbreak 2006 Pinot at T.J.’s and really liked the first and second bottles I tried. What a deal – a boutique style (Sarmento Vinyard) knowledgeably crafted and barrel aged $30.00 retail bottle for $9.99 I went back to buy as much as I could before it was all gone. After about 9 consecutive less than appealing bottles later (not all in one night), I couldn’t stand the thought of opening and drinking another one. Thank goodness for T.J.’s return policy.

  5. @Joseph Am I reading this as you had 2 good bottle out of the 11 you tried? If so, what a bummer, hate to hear that! In addition to being thankful for TJ’s return policy we are lucky they are currently loaded with really nice Pinot in the $10-$20 price range. The Robert Stemmler was the latest recommended to me…

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