Good Booze – Lots of Oak
Smooth, oaky and a bit mysterious. The TJ Flyer promotes a year in oak, but the timeline is then problematic. Count it down: September harvest 2016. Fermented. Year in oak. Bottled. Shipped and sold by December 1, 2017. Sounds tight. No strong bottle shock yet, but that may spring up shortly. The berry flavors are nice if modest. This is high end for Trader Joe’s. Here’s a better red for less.
Staff Wine Review – The Facts
Trader Joe’s Platinum Reserve Napa Cabernet Sauvignon #74
Price Paid – $14.99
Date Reviewed – 12/7/17
Where Purchased – Trader Joe’s
Varietal or Type – Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage Year – 2016
Appellation – Napa Valley
Winery/Brand – Behind the Scenes Wine Company
Bottle Size – 750 ML
Alcohol – 14.5%
Cork? – Natural, unbranded. “Shiner”?
Pour it and taste – Spice and Berry Nose. Berry and oak flavors. Soft Tannins and a short finish.
Aerator +5 – Hint of green in the Nose. Softer berry, oak and tannins. Easy finish with just a hint of sulfur.
Decanter +30 – Hint of sulfur in the nose. Softer berry, oak, softer tannins, short finish with a hint of asphalt.
Cabernet Glass – From the decanter, Neutral nose. Softer Berry, smoother. Tiny smooth tannins, lingering oak. Direct from the bottle not nice as with our standard red wine glass shows much more alcohol.
Two Hours later, Cabernet Glass from the bottle – Berry aromas and flavors are now mostly faded. Lots of oak but very smooth.
Overall – Decent young Cabernet. Oak. Oak. Oak. Shows off the French and American Oak used. The modest berry flavors do not suggest much more aging. The tannins are very controlled. Pretty subtle for a California Cab Maybe a bottle shock moment starting? Hard to tell.
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