2006 TBD California Zinfandel

Price: $4.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer ““Zinfandel TBD…To Be Determined.” Exactly what was noted when our wine buyer began a quest for a rich, fruity wine that would pair perfectly with a Thanksgiving meal and live up the to character of the holiday – zesty and all American. We went straight to the quintessential Zin region of Lodi and the cool climate regions of Mendocino County to source a vivacious blend of the yet to be named wine. By the time the magic came together – 81% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, with a dash of Syrah & Carignan for structure (and quite a bit of humor for good spirit) – “Zinfandel TBD” had taken on a life of its own, worthy of being bottled with a label to match. The enticing aromas of raspberry and boysenberry laced with a hint of clove and black pepper will complement the complex flavors of an autumnal feast and the lively spirits of your guests. All that’s left TBD now, is how many bottles you’ll need. We are selling each 750 ml bottle for just $4.99.”

What I Think:

I always start my research by checking the winery. DnA Vineyards doesn’t seem to be in operation yet over in Mendocino so I am guessing whatever grapes came from there are young and were paired with some other bulk bought grapes to come up with this conncoction for Trader Joe’s. It is mostly Zinfandel and Syrah. Couple that with the fact that the only other region mentioned is Lodi and the Syrah must be from DnA’s new estate.

To be honest I didn’t take an notes here and it has been a week or so since I had the bottle but for the price I was impressed by it’s easy drinking style. Big, bold red fruit on the nose and through the initial palate as well before fading to a peppery finish. A smooth wine that doesn’t reek of the manufactured taste you often find in something this price range. This is a bottle well suited for any occasion including Thanksgiving according to the TJ’s Fearless Flyer. I recommend you give it a go.

Rating: Buy It

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