A couple of weeks ago I posted an article about the Castle Rock Pinot Noir 2008 as a great Pinot Noir wine for under $10. Well, we found two Pinots at Trader Joe’s that easily top this wine. The two Pinot Noir wines are the 2007 Picket Fence Russian River Valley ($8.99) and the 2009 Sebastopol Hills Sonoma Pinot Noir ($9.99). Both are delicious Pinot Noir wines that your guests will very much enjoy with your turkey fixings.
There has been a lot of buzz about these two wines and therefore the wines are going fast at Bay Area Trader Joe’s stores. As of Monday, my Millbrae store had 5 cases left of the Picket Fence and the San Mateo store had none. There is plenty of the Sebastopol Hills available for now at both of these stores and I assume throughout the Bay Area. We purchased one bottle of each and had a taste test with a few of our neighbors. The Sebastopol Hills got the nod but not by much. The Sebastopol Hills Pinot has a little more aroma and is fruitier than the Picket Fence. I’m surprised that the vintage is 2009. That means only about six months in the barrel and a very young wine. The Picket Fence is more polished with a long finish.
We heard a rumor that the Sebastopol Hills Pinot Noir was the same wine as the Willowbrook Pinot Noir that sells for $24. We called the Willowbrook winery and they told me it is not the same blend. However, the wine was made by the same winemaker, Willowbrook’s Joe Otos. I recommend you buy one bottle to evaluate it and if you like the wine hustle back to buy it before the wine is sold out.