Staff Wine Review:
Good Booze – Euro Style Napa Red
Trader Joe’s label wines promoted in their “Fearless Flyer” are a mixed bunch. Some OK, some not. This one is a popular TJ frequent release. If you enjoy softer, French Bordeaux style reds and you are willing to give this one some open time before pouring it into a larger Cabernet glass, it’s a decent deal. Note the “Extra” late tasting result below. If you like more brawny, husky Cabs, perhaps not. We liked it at this price.
Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Napa Valley Meritage Red Wine
Price Paid – $12.99
Date Reviewed – 11/30/17
Where Purchased – Trader Joe’s SF Bay Area
Varietal or Type – Meritage (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc & Merlot not listed on the bottle)
Vintage Year – 2013
Appellation – Napa Valley
Winery/Brand – Our Cellars
Bottle Size – 750 ML
Alcohol – 14.5%
Cork? – Composition
Pour it and taste – Hint of Sulfur. Berry and some licorice flavors. Short finish with some dry tannins.
Aerator +5 – Much less sulfur and now some berries aromas. Smoother in the mouth with more berries. Tannins much smoother and a touch of tar on the finish
Decanter +30 – Spicy Berry aromas. Soft and small tannins. Richer in the mouth. More berries appear. Short finish. Tar recedes.
Extra Taste – 1.5 hours later. Poured from the opened bottle into a larger Cabernet glass. Very smooth. Sulfur is now gone. Balanced subtle berries. Nice in a softer, aged European way. Not a big, brawny California Cab. More French in style
Overall – Nice wine if you wait out the sulfur nose a bit. Balanced subtle berry. Not a bold wine. But smooth, given some time. Might improve more with more months in the bottle. Give it some open time and a cabernet friendly glass. Then it’s very smooth and easy to enjoy.
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