Blackstone Pinot Noir comes from Blackstone Winery in Sonoma County, California, from grapes sourced throughout California wine regions.
Blackstone's Merlot is a favorite everyday wine of mine, so I was eager to try their Winemaker's Select Pinot Noir, which is priced very economically (for a Pinot).
First impressions: nice bright ruby color. Fresh fruit aromas, mostly black cherry, with a lingering earthiness and a touch of smoke.
Tasted refreshing with cherry, plum, some light acidity, earth with hints of spice. I thought it balanced the fruit and acidity nicely. The label also mentioned vanilla, but I didn't pick any up.
The bottle says "this elegant wine exhibits ripe aromas of black cherry, vanilla, and hints of spice followed by cherry, jammy berry and black tea-infused flavors."
It's not a super-complex Pinot Noir wine, but at this price I wouldn't expect it to be.
I enjoyed it lightly chilled with a nice ripe brie cheese and French bread with a Mediterranean olive mix. Overall I thought it paired quite well.