For such a young pinot, this wine was quite the surprise. To start, it's a bit darker in color than your average pinot and just barely light enough to pass the can-I-see-my-fingers-through-it test. The nose is wonderful with a hint of smoke and a load of bacon. Flavor wise, its on the bigger side of things with rich plum and dark berry flavors. On the finish, I get what can only be described as apricot fruit leather. By far, the best Pinot Noir I've had from Trader Joe's under $10.