And honestly the celebration of the the actual cherry blossoms is the main positive I’m going to take from this. Because the wine, the 2014 Cherry Blossom Pinot Noir is not much to celebrate.
It pains me to say this. At only $4, ($5 in Virginia where I purchased this) this wine exclusive to Trader Joe’s didn’t start off promising and never gained any ground or momentum.
I had purchased this wine for several obvious reasons. First, the price was so cheap and that’s what I love about Trader Joe’s. You can try new wines with little financial risk and the rewards can sometimes be phenomenal. I’ve had wines from their that I’d pay $20 for that cost me less than $5. This was not one of them.
Secondly, the label is so inviting and fits the mood of the time of year. If this were in the winter or summer I may bypass this wine for others that would hopefully have been more enjoyable.
Finally, as I just stated, it’s Cherry Blossom season in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area. And it may just be beginning or ending in your neck of the woods or your side of the world.
The Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC is something I always looked forward to attend with family and friends when I lived closer to the area and when I was younger. For reasons due to large crowds, other priorities, or life in general I haven’t attended in quite some time but hope to do so again, either before this festival ends (this weekend as of this posting) or hopefully next year.
This wine was hopefully going to raise my enthusiasm level but it didn’t come close. Upon opening the nose gave an ominous sign of things to come. It smelled rancid and turned for the worst.
My friends wanted to give it a few minutes to breathe and I was all for it. We were already outside enjoying ourselves and another few minutes would go by quickly. There wasn’t a rush. A few minutes might have turned into 30. I honestly don’t recall. And at the time and in hindsight it didn’t matter.
Not even the aerator could save this one.
This synopsis by Trader Joe’s themselves is incorrect in my opinion. I tasted no berries, no mocha, no toasted oak, or anything period. I’m not even sure oak would have been able to save this thing. That would be best used for a wine with robust flavors that would only be enhanced by oak. This wasn’t fruit-forward by any means. If I were to make a generic joke, I would actually call this fruit-backward.
Even after a glass a piece, my friends and I had half the bottle left and we couldn’t do any more. It was requested I take this back home with me but I didn’t. Where that bottle is now I couldn’t tell you.
I’d keep the bottle just for the label but couldn’t drink that wine any longer or ever again.
I do have another positive. This is the first time the silicon wine glasses were broken out. These were a gift from me to my friends, and they were happy to use them on this day. And the day was gorgeous. The glasses themselves made for a beautiful visual even though our wine was unsatisfactory.
These glasses will be broken out again and as a matter of fact they were. But I will save that post for down the line.
This was not the inspiring wine I was hoping for. When it comes to honoring and celebrating the cherry blossoms, no motivation is really necessary, other than to get out of the house. I was hoping this wine would add a little boost to that, but that didn’t happen.
I hope you all have been having an amazing Spring and if you’ve been to see the Cherry Blossoms I envy you, and I hope to do the same soon. If you haven’t gotten the chance, at least in Washington, DC, this weekend might be it.
That’s the fun of the the beautiful weather months. All kinds of awesome festivals and events will be happening and I hope to celebrate some of those with an equally awesome wine to commemorate those special days.
I look forward to it.