Mission Point Pinot Noir

Previous vintages of this wine have been well received by bargain-hunting Pinot fans. The Value Vine found those earlier efforts a bit cloying, but certainly fair for the price. Not so with this 2007. The atypically dark color of the wine suggests a blend of some sort. The nose reveals a V8-inspired blend of tomato, pickle, and black olive. The taste suggests some residual sugar in addition to the aforementioned vegetable character. This is surprisingly bad, and one to avoid at any price.