2008 Trader Joes GSM Reserve

2008 Trader Joes GSM ReservePrice: $9.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per the bottle “Violets, medjool dates, anise and plum.” Guess they thought that was enough said…

What I Think:

(14.5%) 24% Grenache, 55% Syrah, 21% Mourvedre – Ripe but backed by acidity with some jammy fruit around the edges that lingers with spice all the way through to an earthy, lasting finish. Warm, smooth, a touch rich, spiced and lasting. A nice effort here and if this wine had a proper face I’d be inclined to buy it again. But at $10 these mystery labels are losing their allure for me…

Wine Geek Notes: This one tracks to Vine Intervention LLC which is owned by Marc Cummings who also happens to be the winemaker at Kelsey See Canyon Vineyards and has his own label at Drake Vineyards

Rating: Good but… (as mentioned I’d prefer putting a face to this name)

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5 thoughts on “2008 Trader Joes GSM Reserve

  1. Hi Jason,

    My store missed this one, but from what I remember the info page we got was that a winery went out of business in Paso and we got the juice. Maybe that will make it easier to connect the dots?

  2. “But at $10 these mystery labels are losing their allure for me”

    “Good but… (as mentioned I’d prefer putting a face to this name)”

    I have to ask, if we did tell you where it came from would it taste better?

  3. @Angela – Thanks for helping the hunt but the mystery remains unsolved!

    @JB You are correct it would not taste one lick better (and this wine already tastes good). That said, I realize I am in the extreme minority (and perhaps getting caught up in my day job) but for me there is more to the purchase that what you walk out of the store with or put in your glass. There is a broader story around the product which creates a more enjoyable context and overall experience for me personally. Granted I did a poor job of explaining my rationale above which I apologize for… Hope this finds you well!

    • @Jason

      Just had to ask, nothing against your opinion. They don’t even tell us where the wine comes from 85% of the time. I have to do the research just like you. It seems lately that they are having a hard time finding private wine providers as they are drying up because of the economy. This is why you may see more branded wine in the future.

      Congrats on the 5 years! I really enjoy your blog and tell many customers about it. Cheers to another 5 years.

  4. The 2009 GSM arrived, so I picked up a bottle. The front label lists the same “Violets, medjool dates, anise, and plum.” Perhaps in a nod to the concerns you posted here, TJs added “Vine Intervention LLC” to the back of the bottle.

    They’ve changed the blend, almost doubling the Grenache: 42% Grenache / 35% Syrah / 23% Mourvedre (It’s 14.4% alcohol.)

    I preferred last year’s blend, as the finish now seems a little too sweet.

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