This relatively inexpensive Pinot Noir is quite a treat! Beautiful garnet in color, its nose consists of violet, iris, strawberries, and black cherries. Its velvet-like texture is soothing to the tongue, and its body is solid. For fans of sweeter Pinot Noirs, the Block Nine 2009 is a good find; the typical earthiness that turns people off from many Pinots is very subdued in this one. Flavors of semi-sweet black cherries delight the tongue, and the spicy finish is very satisfying. Though not an extremely complex wine, it is incredibly well-balanced (which is quite nice, considering its low price). Because of its well-integrated taste, plus its balanced tannins and acidity, this is a wine that really “works.” It’s a sure winner, and is guaranteed to please most wine and non-wine drinkers, alike. Consider storing a few bottles in a 23-Bottle Wine Grotto Wine Cellar, or an elegant Vinotheque Boxed Up-3 Door Double Deep Credenza, to pull out for unexpected company. No matter the occasion, this wine will help make it memorable. Cheers!