2005 JW Morris Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $2.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

As typical with these Bronco wines there is not a word to be found on the web. This one has yet to even make it into the blog sphere.

What I Think:

After numerous pleasant experiences with their Gewurztraminer I thought I would branch out and try a few other offerings. I started here. In a word, discouraging. This tasted manufactured, and very poorly so. This wine was very high in acid and showed little to no fruit. Stay away from this one. My branching out experience is likely over.

Rating: Avoid It

2006 JW Morris Gewurztraminer

Price: $2.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per Wine Cask In regards to the 2003 “This conglomeration of scrounged California grapes has a nice light golden color with a typical Gewruz bouquet of peaches, apricots and pineapples and a hint of vanilla. In the mouth it is sweet, a little too much, but there’s enough acid to pull it off without it being cloying. Now here’s the gig—if you put a good solid chill on this wine, it is drinkable and nearly enjoyable even to schooled palate such as mine. It is not a great wine, and there’s maybe an off flavor or two but they are subtle, probably undetectable to the normal palate and for the $2.99 anything that is palatable has you ahead of the game.”

What I Think:

With two different write ups for this wine this was an interesting exercise to see where this wine landed. While it didn’t quite meet the pleasant surprise of my first experience it proved more pleasant than my ill advised second experience. As mentioned then, a $3 wine after a day of tasting is bound to suffer from skepticism. Given this bottle landed in the middle I have added more to the rack and promoted it to “Buy It”. For $2.99 it is hard to go wrong!

Rating: Buy It

2006 JW Morris Gewurztraminer

Price: $2.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per Wine Cask In regards to the 2003 “This conglomeration of scrounged California grapes has a nice light golden color with a typical Gewruz bouquet of peaches, apricots and pineapples and a hint of vanilla. In the mouth it is sweet, a little too much, but there’s enough acid to pull it off without it being cloying. Now here’s the gig—if you put a good solid chill on this wine, it is drinkable and nearly enjoyable even to schooled palate such as mine. It is not a great wine, and there’s maybe an off flavor or two but they are subtle, probably undetectable to the normal palate and for the $2.99 anything that is palatable has you ahead of the game.”

What I Think:

This is a bottle of Gewurztraminer I had a while back that seemed like it was easy to approach. That said it seemed to fit my father’s wife’s palate perfectly. She definitely prefers whites though she is starting to take to reds. She also likes those that are a bit on the fruitier and sweeter side without any dryness to them. She had mentioned earlier in the trip that she has a hard time finding wines that she likes under the $15 price point. Being the intrepid bargain hunter that I am I was bound and determined to show her that there was plenty of options available for the budget shopper. With that in mind I headed down to TJ’s and grabbed a few bottles of this thinking I could send one home with her. That night I made some backed enchiladas and put this wine down on the table ready to see her reaction. At this point she was still unaware of the price tag. It wasn’t the home run I thought it would be but she did enjoy it. I later realized that after a day of tasting high quality wines in Dry Creek this may not have been the most opportune time to try and make a lasting impression with this bottle. From my notes this came across as more manufactured this time, again after tasting I should have known better. The nose was full of citrus with barrel undertones lingering in the depths. In the mouth it starts almost racy with tart lemon rind followed by floral favors in the mid-palate before syrupy notes take over for the finish. I just noticed last time I had promised a blind tasting with thoughts of rating this higher. Given that I have another bottle left I think I will do that but for the time being this one has sunk a bit in my book as I was not nearly as impressed as I previously had been. Perhaps with a normalized palate next time I’ll be reminded of what it was that made me think that I might have been underestimating this wine. Until then I am going to knock it down a notch. Stay tuned.

Rating: Skip It

2006 JW Morris Gewurztraminer

Price: $2.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per Wine Cask in regards to the 2003 “This conglomeration of scrounged California grapes has a nice light golden color with a typical Gewruz bouquet of peaches, apricots and pineapples and a hint of vanilla. In the mouth it is sweet, a little too much, but there’s enough acid to pull it off without it being cloying. Now here’s the gig—if you put a good solid chill on this wine, it is drinkable and nearly enjoyable even to schooled palate such as mine. It is not a great wine, and there’s maybe an off flavor or two but they are subtle, probably undetectable to the normal palate and for the $2.99 anything that is palatable has you ahead of the game.”

What I Think:

In a word, great value for the money. Great bottle of wine, wouldn’t go that far but we are talking about $3. It will be interesting to see what this does side by side with another bottling. My thoughts are that it will come off as manufactured. There was the flavor of peached coming through loud and clear. This definitely has some sweetness that is a little bit over the top. Certainly buyable and I recommend everyone grab a bottle. We had this one with Mexican but it would likely work even better with Indian or Thai. I am going to get another bottle to compare it against something a little more upscale so I’ll go with 12th bottle for now. Should it win the blind tasting though that will be revisited.

Rating: 12th Bottle