2007 Picket Fence Pinot Noir

Price: $8.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

2007 Picket Fence Pinot NoirPer Picket Fence “This wine has an elegant, pure fruit forward style with the brilliant intensity of rich mouthwatering Bing cherry, blackberry and spice. The luxurious density, beautiful structure and velvety texture on the palate are hallmarks of this vintage and make this wine a superlative example of Russian River Valley Pinot.” – Don Van Staaveren, Winemaker

What I Think:

Really? The winery is selling this one for $30 a bottle on their site (see above link). As if that isn’t bad enough they are making you buy 3 bottles at a time. Typically (warning marketing speak ahead) customers that buy direct are your most valuable (and deliver the highest profit margin). They deserve special consideration instead of getting an extra $20 lifted out of their wallet for each bottle. If I am a winery and I have to unload wine I am making sure that I am sharing those same prices with my most loyal customers. I could go on and on about how wrong this is on so many levels. That said I’ll spare you. Let’s get to the wine…

Warm spice and tart cranberry notes on the nose. The palate starts with surprising weight given how light it looks in the glass. This wine is wound tight with cranberry flavors that merge with bright cherry overtones. The mid-palate shows flashes of cola acidity to keep it nicely balanced. From there the barrel notes emerge and lead to a nice creamy, vanilla finish.

Most Pinots in this price range are what I refer to as “on steroids” with heavier grapes (e.g. Petite Sirah) blended in (see Fin, Blue). This one is a very nice example of what much more expensive Pinot’s deliver. Load up (if you can) and pop one open whenever the mood strikes you. Better yet if you are looking for a Thanksgiving wine on a budget (it is November) look no further!

Rating: Buy It <- And I'm not the only one who thinks so. Interested in reading more about the Picket Fence Pinot Noir? Check out what Robert Dwyer had to say over on the Wellesley Wine Press.

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55 thoughts on “2007 Picket Fence Pinot Noir

  1. Another great find, this one at BevMo was the “IRONY” Pinot Noir at $9.99! Might even be a touch better than the Picket Fence. I tried the Sebastopol Hills Pinot from TJ’s and it had what seemed to me too much of a Syrah or something blended in. Tasted kinda strange.

  2. Orin Swift’s Papillon is mostly Cabernet Sauvignon, according to Swift’s Web site. A friend tells me Tribunal Red contains this blend:

    37.1% Zinfandel
    24.4% Petite Sirah
    10.3% Cab Franc
    7.7% Sangiovese
    7.4% Primativo
    6.9% Grenache
    4.8% Syrah
    1% Merlot
    0.4% Barbera

    The mixture of grapes resembles some of Swift’s other blends, though, notably The Prisoner. It could be an experiment on his part that he didn’t want to bring to market during the recession..

    But speculation aside, it’s a huge fruit bomb, and at $10 a bottle, I’m picking up more.

  3. @PeterB the Tribunal never showed up that I saw in San Francisco or Marin. Where are you again? As for the Orin Swift rumors my friends over at the TTB
    tell me this one is made by the crew over at Kunde Estate.

    @Andy Where did you pick up the blend percentage? Granted I didn’t try to hard but that’s some good data. Want to make sure I’m not missing anything…

    Hope I get a chance to try this one!

    @SkiBootGuy I’ll keep an eye out for the Irony. Thanks for the tip!

  4. I don’t know who makes it, but I can verify that the blend percentage is from the info TJ’s has. Interesting that they list primativo separately from zinfandel.

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  6. Hello Jason, I looked at this blog before going to Trader Joe’s for wine. I had 3 from the top 10 list written down, none of which were on the shelf when I got there. I did see this 07 Picket Fence, so I bought it, remembering it had been rated #1 for Jan. Although it cost a little more than I wanted to spend right now, I was hopeful that it was probably delicious and possibly worth it.
    As I type this, I am sipping it. To be honest, I really don’t like this wine. The tart tastes sour to me (maybe i got a bad bottle?). It also has a very high alcohol content (14.5%), which overwhelms all the other flavors. I look forward to trying more wines from this very helpful blog, just not this one. Regards

  7. Since the Picket Fence was such a discussion stirring wine with many liking it, I thought I’d give you all a heads up that as of today (1/12) the warehouse is out; meaning if you like this wine, stock up, because it can not be ordered again!

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