Black Mountain - Painted Ridges 2008 Pinot Noir - Napa

5 bucks or so at Trader Joes (not bad for a Napa).  Pleasant natural cork, and a label that won't embarass you if you tote this to a pot luck.

Black Mountain 2007 pinot

Opens with a hint of grape kool aid and cranberries.  Kinda flat until it breathes a few minutes, then it gets a bit punchy - not unpleasantly so. Tannic, but without being overly acidic.  Good mineraly mouth feel, like you just had a snoot of well water.  After about 30 minutes air time, it sharpens quite nicely, so definitely one to breathe.

RATING: THREE CORKS