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Petiole Pinot Noir is one of those Trader Joe's wines that you might hesitate to buy because of the cheap price (about $10.00). I was shocked! This Oregon Pinot Noir was very nice and tasted better than some pricier bottles I've reviewed.
The 2018 Petiole Pinot Noir is garnet red in the glass with aromas of ripe red berries, mild baking spices and herbs. On the palate, the wine feels smooth with cherry and black pepper, and then there's a kick of acidity mid-palate with soft tannins, and a dry, smooth and long finish.
This was an enjoyable wine, suitable for drinking on its own or with food. If you're looking for an everyday, well-priced Pinot Noir, this is a good one to try.
The word, petiole means the leafstalk of a grape vine - where the leaf meets the stem. In addition to soil tests, grape growers will often conduct a petiole test on a piece of a vine to determine how much essential nutrients are in the plant.
Since this is a Trader Joe's product, there is little information on the producer - no tasking or winemaker notes. One assumes that the grapes were sourced from one or more large Oregon growers. The label says that the wine is produced and bottled by Periole, Dundee, Oregon.
Petiole Pinot Noir 2018 Willamette Valley, Oregon
Produced and Bottled by Petiole, Dundee Oregon
Available for around $10.00 at Trader Joe's stores
Alcohol by volume: 13.5%