Trader Joe’s Platinum Reserve Napa Cabernet Sauvignon #74

Decent Young Napa Cabernet


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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  2. Wine is great. Tasted it the first time in Dec 2017. Could not get enough.Just need to focus on cork breaks up easily when opening

  3. Just tried this last night and left a 1/3rd of the bottle with no cork in it and tried it the next morning, trick I learned 25 yrs ago. Still drinking good and the fruit still there but not keeping up with the tannin and acid. This has a good couple years left to be stored. Better buy than the 19.95 TJ’s Oakville reserve.

  4. I was highly recommeded this wine by an employee at Trader Joe’s. With a tight budget, I never spend $15 for a bottle of wine, tho’ having worked on a vineyard and loving wine, I can certainly appreciate a good one. I caved in and bo’t a bottle under the delicate pressure of the employee. He told me that I wud not be disappointed and that I wud come back and thank him. I absolutely love this TJ’s Platinum Reserve — smooth, wonderfully fruity — the way I like my wines and just enough tannins. And I wud hv to say, the price is worth what U get here.
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