Staff Wine Review:
Good Booze – Modest Red
This is a “Fearless Flyer” featured Trader Joe’s wine. The berry flavors are modest and after it opens up one way or another, it’s approachable. We would recommend a Cabernet Sauvignon type glass for this one rather than a generic red glass. It’s a bit pricey for what it is, but for a “red” pour would be fine. Better with steak or burgers off the “barbie”.
Billy’s Shadow Red
Price Paid – $8.99
Date Reviewed – 11/30/17
Where Purchased – Trader Joe’s SF Bay Area
Varietal or Type – Red Blend 49% Cabernet Sauvignon 40% Shiraz 11% Merlot
Vintage Year – 2014
Appellation – South Australia
Winery/Brand – Wine Tiger
Bottle Size – 750 ML
Alcohol – 14.5%
Cork? – Composite
Pour it and taste – Berry aroma with a whiff of sulfur. Berry flavors with a hint of asphalt and heat on the finish.
Aerator +5 – Sulfur fading and more berries in the aroma. Warm, round tannins. Soft, with just a hint of asphalt on the finish.
Decanter +30 – Barest hint of sulfur (would disappear in a big Cabernet glass). Balanced soft berry flavors. No tannins to speak of. A bare whiff of asphalt on the finish (again probably not there in a bigger Cab glass).
Overall – Opens up OK. Some berry but not a lot. The asphalt and sulfur would probably not be an issue in a large Cab glass and served with some grilled red meat.
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