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Hard to believe it has been so long since we have last done this. With my laundry list of quick Trader Joe’s Wine reviews published I am finally ready to tackle this after a long absence. Many of those posted below have yet to be reviewed individually, look for these soon. As always, the rankings from the last post are provided in parenthesis and I will provide some details on those that have fallen out of the rankings. Let’s get to it…
1. 2007 Geyser Peak California Sauvignon Blanc – $8 (Previous Rank: 1) – link is for 2006 but the ’07 is not missing a beat. The best white at TJ’s, hands down!
2. 2006 The California Wine Party Franc Merlot – $5 (Previous Rank: NR) – A perfect wine for the election season. A blend of Cab Franc and Merlot, grab it fast it seems to be disappearing already. I’ll grab a case if I can find it.
3. 2003 Alderbrook Old Vine Zinfandel – $8 (Previous Rank: NR) – $20 on wine.com and you can taste complexity. I’m looking for more
4. 2006 Santa Ynez Valley Winery Cabernet Franc – $9 (Previous Rank: NR) – link is for 2005 (which was #2 on my Top 10 list for 2007) but not sensing much fall off with the ’06. High quality as well.
5. 2007 Kono Sauvignon Blanc – $8 (Previous Rank: 5) – If my notes serve me correctly we just went from the ’05 to the 2007. This isn’t the Geyser Peak but it is sure a nice change of pace. Especially if you prefer Citrus on the palate.
6. 2006 Dynamic Red Table Wine- $9 (Previous Rank: NR) – An excellent wine, a Cab Franc, Cabernet, Merlot blend and from Mendocino to boot. Just not sure I can justify an additional four dollars beyond the “Franc Merlot”
7. NV Novella Chardonnay- $6 (Previous Rank: NR) –This one replaced the Callaway as the house Chardonnay.
8. 2007 Concha y Toro Casillero del Diablo Carmenere – $8 (Previous Rank: 6) – Now the ’07 which also added a $1 to the price tag. That said, it seems as dependable as always.
9. 2005 Epicuro Aglianico – $5 (Previous Rank: 2) Still drinking nice with easy fruit up front. Time to get another case as the first two have more or less disappeared…
10. 2007 King Shag Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc- $7 (Previous Rank: NR) A buck cheaper than the Kono and just as good. A little more zing and a little less citrus.
2006 Michel Leon Gewurztraminer – $7 (Previous Rank: 9) – Still good, just haven’t been preferring the sweeter wines lately.
2006 Callaway California Chardonnay – $5 (Previous Rank: 10) – Taken out of the equation by the Novella Synergy
2005 Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon – $6 (Previous Rank: 7) – now the ’05 rather than the 2004. Vintage shift also saw appellation switch to Washington from Columbia Valley. Seems a bit greener but settled it with time. Worth revisiting in a few months.
2005 Gravity Hills Base Camp Syrah – $5 (Previous Rank: 8) – Still better than most, just a plethora of options.
2005 XS Red California Cabernet Sauvignon – $4 (Previous Rank: 3) – Disappeared all too fast. Had a case, would like a few more…
2003 Red Flyer California Red – $3 (Previous Rank: 4) – A nice blend of many grapes. Many imitators at Trader Joe’s today. Just few that can do it this well.
Let me know if you have any others that I may be missing. or if you have any thoughts let me know as well.