2009 Trentatre Rosso

A long-time favorite the 2007 version of this wine has previously graced the #1 spot in my Trader Joe’s Top 10 Wine List . Back then the label mentioned it was discovered “quite by chance” given that (plus the history, or lack thereof, of Trader Joe’s wines delivering from vintage to vintage) I was somewhat reticent to grab the latest offering. Would my gut read be right? Let’s see…

2009 Trentatre RossoPrice: $5.99 @ Trader Joe’s imported by Santini Fine Wines

What They Said:

Per the bottle “This unique wine comes from the Apulia Region located in the depth of Southern Italy. The blend is an equal amount of three different varietals. Cabernet Sauvignon 33,3%, Merlot 33,3%, and Montepulciano 33,4% collectively aged six months in oak barrels, hence the name “Trentatre” which in Italian means Thirtythree. The color is a deep purple-red with a pleasant fruity nose with hints of plum, cherry, and chocolate. Full bodied, it has a supple finish with soft tannins. Enjoy it with pasta, pizza, grilled meats, seasoned cheese…or even on its own!”

What I Think:

(14%) 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 33% Montepulciano – An old time favorite that I haven’t revisited I was surprised (and happy) to find this one is still as easy drinking as ever. Nice clove spice on the nose. The palate is smooth with nice fruit (perhaps a touch sweet) and a balanced acidity. From there the clove spice emerges and leads to a dry, warm, lingering finish with hints of dusty cocoa powder. Not nuanced or complex in anyway but a well-made wine without the rough edges or cloying sweetness you find in many similar wines at this ($6) price point. Any early favorite to grab a top spot in my 2011 Holidays Edition of the Trader Joe’s Top 10 Wines List…

Rating: Buy It

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6 thoughts on “2009 Trentatre Rosso

  1. Cracked a bottle of this tonight and I agree with your positive sentiment on this one. Everything I try this wine I’m afraid it’s not going to be as good as I remember it being but it hasn’t failed me yet. Tastes like a $15-$20 wine to me. Great value.

  2. Thanks for the comment Bob! As mentioned above I was reticent to go here but glad I did. I grabbed three more bottles to keep around the house. Found any other good values lately? When you coming to visit again?

  3. Tonight’s my first time trying this wine. I can’t echo the praise above, unfortunately — I’m finding this guy to be super tart, nearly to the point of sourness, a bit reminiscent of straight cranberry juice (sans the “cocktail” part). Maybe I just got a bottle from a bad batch?

  4. This wine was recommended by a Trajer Joe’s specialist. We opened a bottle tonight and really enjoyed it. Great value for the money. I am going back to buy a case.

    • If you liked this blend, you should also give the 1967 a shot by Griffone ($5), it is a ‘Super Tuscan’ blend of Sangiovese, Cab Sav, and Syrah. The same winery also has a great Chianti for $6, as well as a 100% Primitivo that is only $4!

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