No, not really. Well, unless you incorporate laying around as much as possible as some form of interpretive dance.
I’ll cut right to the dance and step in where I can, this dance party was brought to us by our friends from Trader Joe’s. The 2014 Cotillion Pinot Noir is an exclusive to TJ’s and I wouldn’t expect it any other way.
I can’t fully explain into words but there’s certain stores you walk into, and you can just tell the food, the drink, or what have you is synonymous with that store. If I saw this bottle somewhere at a friends house, I would sense this can only come from one place. That’s a testament to the bottle and the energy of this store.
The fact that I’m expounding on this so long on this may come off as an indictment of the wine itself than a love for the label. Well there is a love for the label. How do you not like animals dancing the Cotillion.
My one issue is the price. I think in general they’ve steadily raised their prices $1-$2 (and sometimes more) for most of their exclusive wines. The same wines I used to see for $3-4, yes you read that right, are now in the $5-7+ range.
This wine goes for $10 and it’s ok for that price. The tasting notes have been provided for you, and Trader Joe’s is so good with making that accessible and easy for anyone to understand. The berries are easy to detect as with many California wines, but the vanilla spice is the stand out here. Maybe in colder temperatures I’ll appreciate this even more.
It screams fall and it screams a cozy situation where doing nothing as much as possible is ideal. That’s more projecting and a personal observation than anything else.
Since it’s a Pinot Noir, it can be paired with anything and nothing all at the same time. After a few minutes of letting it breathe, it improved in taste. Initially I was weary. But that’s why you know never judge a wine on first sip, immediately upon opening. And you never judge a wine by its label, unless it’s as charming as this one. In that case, judge away, as long as it’s positive. Animal friends always deserve to be happy.
And we should be happy with whatever wine we’re drinking.
I would be happier if this was a few dollars less. And I may have been spoiled since I’ve had many great wines at $7.00 or less from Trader Joe’s.
As seasons change so does our eating habits. Some dear friends supplied a wonderful spread of cheese, crackers, and finger foods to complement the vino. It’s a team effort! For even more on this group collective, go here.
And the team at the Trader Joe’s in Alexandria, VA has always been accessible. Since my first time visiting I’ve always had a good feeling about this store. It’s been one of my go-to wine shoppes for the past few years. And when I make my way to the vicinity I make it a priority to stop by.
Even though prices for certain vintages have gone up, there’s still bargains that are second-to-none, that you can’t find everywhere. Being a national chain is part of why they can lower their prices.
Lower prices doesn’t always mean lower quality. Just as a cheap bottle can lead to cheap wine. So have fun and do some research. Before you know it the holidays will be here and if you live near a TJ’s that sells wine consider yourself fortunate and find some great deals.
We’re just getting started and more sweet deals are hopefully to come.