Price: $6.99 @ Trader Joe’s
What They Said:
Per the winery “Explosive dark cherry and blackberry aroma. Complimented with blueberry, clover and dark chocolate with a hint a cedar. Medium body with balanced acidity and a long delicate finish.”
What I Think:
I snagged this one a short while ago on a run to TJ’s. The prominent placing got me to give it a whirl. Didn’t track when/what I opened this with but have many notes. The first day on the nose this wine seemed big, with loads of fruit and perhaps a hint of mint. It seemed as if something slightly great might be lurking. In the mouth the wine was heavy, guessing the alcohol (14,5% think that is middle-ish, no?) may be the same. In the mouth, the fruit seemed fat and not much changed through the palate until some tannins appeared at the very end.
The second day the nose seemed “hotter” and the fruit “purpler. Now I find myself wondering what the mix (42% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Syrah, 19% Petite Sirah, 5 % Grenache and 3% Cabernet Franc) may be. Given that knowledge the purple makes sense but the small amount of Grenache that I would usually attribute hotness to seems off.
Here nor there, this wine is slightly not bad. It is big but definitely manufactured. If you like bang for your buck this is your wine. As for me, at this price point, I’ll be sticking to the Casillero del Diablo Carmenere.
Rating: Skip It