Trader Joe’s Wine Reviews – Clearing the Queue

Trader Joe’s Wine Reviews

Maybe you noticed maybe you didn’t but I snuck away for a week of vacation recently and catching up on my day job held me up another.  That said, I’ve gotten back to blogging over the last few days. I’m excited about the coming weeks thought they are going to be busy but more on that in the next post. Taking that into account and taking a peek at my daunting review backlog I wanted to do a quick review roundup to get you the information you need in a timely fashion. Hold on to your hat, this will be fast…

Best of the Bunch:

2007 Castle Rock Mendocino County Pinot Noir ($10) – Potential #1 for the next Top 10. Delicate, with a floral nose and nice fruit. Worth every penny!

• 2007 Ruston Semillon ($6) – Rich, full texture in the mouth.  If you’ve never had Semillon give this one a go.  Even if you have do the same.

• NV Porto Morgado Ruby Port ($6.49) – A perfect low cost option for dessert wine when you have friends over.  Taste good and lets the conversation flow.

Above Average and Interesting:

• 2005 Stormy Bay Tasmania Chardonnay ($9) – It’s from Tasmania, the nose is Chard but then it gets tart before the oak powers through.  Not your average Chard and a wine from somewhere unfamiliar.

• 2008 Dynamic Sauvignon Blanc ($5) – Slightly smitten with the Dyanamic label right now so beware.  This one is 3% Gewurzt and full of great fruit and is smooth throughout.  Lacks the tartness I expect in the finish of a Sauv Blanc.

• NV Porto Morgado Tawny Port ($6) – Good but I prefer the ruby mentioned above.

Worth a try:

• 2005 Rabbit Ridge Allure de Robles ($5) – Many fans of this one on the site this one didn’t get a fair chance.  I’m going to give it another try.  Feel free to do the same.

• 2007 Rendition Alexander Valley Zinfandel ($9) –Nice, dark chalky fruit and quite dry.  Easy drinking but I wasn’t making me taste it if you know what I mean…

• 2007 Bruno Porro Dolcetto di Dogliani ($10) – Digging Dolcetto lately, this one was nice but not my favorite.  At $10 I want more.

Skip It:

• 2007 Trader Joe’s Captain’s Catch California Red Wine ($5) – I’d stay away from this and pass on the TBD as well.  Both are made by DnA.  The Captain’s Catch will live in infamy for ending Daddy Winebucks run at Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hitting streak in the wine world…

And here’s a few bonus wines that aren’t from Trader Joe’s:

2006 Sausal Purrfect Petite Sirah ($12) – Love Sausal, love Petite Sirah so thought I had a home run.  Tasted like an overhype movie.  Wasn’t as bad as I thought it was I just wanted it to be better than it was suppose to.

2007 Les Jamelles Pinot Noir ($10) – A new Pinot region for me, this hauls from the south of France.  Nice fruit, perhaps a tad sweet earlier before it shows some acidity and finishes hot.  No need to go here, grab the Castle Rock mentioned above.

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5 thoughts on “Trader Joe’s Wine Reviews – Clearing the Queue

  1. Have you had the pleasure of trying the wines from Oreana Winery?

    Project Happiness and the ?

    Must try, I loved these and the label just adds icing on the cake!!

  2. Pingback: The Gourmez » Blog Archive » Alexander Valley Rendition Zinfandel 2009

  3. Hi Jason, just letting you know I quoted your thoughts on the Rendition Zin on my blog today. I tried the 2009 recently, and I think I enjoyed it a bit more than you did this vintage. At least, I more willingly drank a second glass!

  4. Sooo wish I’d found this blog before my trip to Omaha, and subsequent first-ever trip to TJs!! I was looking for reviews on the Porto Morgado 10 year Tawny Port and your blog popped up. While I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for here, I decided to stay awhile…..

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