Best of Trader Joe’s Wine – Top 10 Wines of February 2008

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The calendar has turned meaning it is time to review the Top 10 Trader Joe’s Wines for February. To repeat the ground rules, the only one is that the wines listed all have to have been either purchased or available during the month to which the post refers. As a new addition to this post I will place the rankings from the previous month in parenthesis and provide some details on those that have fallen out of the rankings. Without further adieu here they are with some quick notes for a recap:

1. 2005 Epicuro Aglianico – $5 (Jan Rank: 1) – My relentlessness paid off here when I was able to grab a case. Just saw it again in Daly City yesterday. If I drink it fast enough maybe I can get another…

2. 2006 Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere – $7 (Jan Rank: 2) – This wine is as dependable as it gets. You can always find it and it is always good. Given the lack of good, affordable Zinfandel I have been heavily reliant on this one over the last three months or so.

3. 2005 Rocking Horse Napa Valley Zinfandel – $8 (Jan Rank: NR) – As the post clearly shows I put this one through the ringer and it delivered with the pressure on. Not the big fruit variety but a nice balanced effort that hasn’t been seen at Trader Joe’s for quite some time.

4. 2006 Geyser Peak California Sauvignon Blanc – $8 (Jan Rank: 3) – This one still amazes me and I’m not the only one who thinks so!

5. 2003 Columbia Crest Two Vines Merlot – $6 (Jan Rank: NR) – A Merlot here? I can barely believe it myself. But with three more bottles in the rack it must be real.

6. 2005 Kono Sauvignon Blanc – $8 (Jan Rank: 7) – Oh so refreshing! Love the zingy, lemony, lip smacking finish.

7. 2004 Chasing Clouds Central Ranges Shiraz – $3 (Jan Rank: 10) – Moved up the ranks by beating the Block 50 Shiraz which is twice the cost of this one.

8. 2006 Aquila d’Oro Toscana – $4 (Jan Rank: NR) – Another surprise as this hails from Northern Italy. A light, fruity quaffer that is high in acid making it a perfect compliment for your pasta tonight. I picked up the Chianti the other day we’ll see if that one can make the cut as well.

9. 2006 Castle Rock Monterrey County Pinot Noir – $10 (Jan Rank: NR) – At this price I hate to put it in here but a great drinking Pinot for $10 deserves the acclaim. Be sure to note this is the Monterrey bottling, my experience with the Willamette was not quite as good

10. 2005 Archero Nero d’ Avola Ruggero di Tasso – $4 (Jan Rank: 9) – Was thinking when I had the above that only one of these would make the cut. After further review they are different enough that I made room for both. This one has much heavier fruit with earthy undertones that make it a much more rustic effort.

Falling – these have seen their stock fall over the last month…

2006 Abrazo Del Toro Carinena Tinto – $5 (Jan Rank: 4) – May have jumped the gun on this one. I’ve had a few more bottles and while still good I remembered it having a little more fruit to balance out the acid.

2003 Epicuro Salice Salentino Riserva – $5 (Jan Rank: 5) – I’ve had another three bottles of this and still find it interesting the problem is at the end of the night I find myself straddling the fence. Those ranked this month don’t leave me is this dilemma…

Gone – these appear to no longer be available…let me know if you have seen them!

2005 Marcel Hugg Gewurztraminer – $8 (Jan Rank: 6th) – Hope this one reappears at some point. The Alsace at these prices is unheard of…

2005 Chalk Creek Mendocino County Petite Sirah -$5 (Jan Rank: 8th) – Would have really liked to try another bottle of this one…

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One thought on “Best of Trader Joe’s Wine – Top 10 Wines of February 2008

  1. I was worried I was being a bit harsh on the two I dropped so I revisited them both. My take on the Carinena Tinto seems correct more on lack of fruit than on the acid front. At the end of the day it just seems thin. For the Salice Salentino I need to reconsider. For tonight I am enjoying the meld of the light fruit and wood flavors. This one has a chance to get back on the list…

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