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Trader Joe’s Wines Update

December 10, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Trader Joe's winesFew weeks ago, I wrote a post about noteworthy wine discoveries I made at Trader Joe’s store in California. As we visited our close friends in Boston for the Thanksgiving, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to explore the wine shelves at the nearby Trader Joe’s store, looking for great values. Once again, the mission was very successful – I can definitely recommend 3 wines out of 4 that I tried, which is an excellent outcome.

As we are now in the “holiday mood”, I’m trying to focus a bit more on the Sparkling wines of all sorts, so two out of four wines I want to present to you today are sparkling wines.

2012 Cecilia Beretta Brut Millesimato Prosecco Superiore Coneglian Valdobbiadene DOCG, Italy (11% ABV, $9.99) – I mentioned this wine already in my November “Month in Wines” update, so here are the same notes again – tiny refreshing bubbles, notes of fresh apple on the nose, round and roll-of-your-tongue on the palate with more of the fresh apple and yeast notes. Excelllent sparkling wine, and probably one of my very best in that price range. Drinkability: 8-

NV Trader Joe’s Reserve Brut Sparkling Wine, North Coast, California (12.5% ABV, $9.99, 62% Chardonnay, 26% Pinot Noir, 12% Semillon) – hint of fresh apples on the nose. Simple and clean on the palate, notes of white apples, good acidity. I would prefer a bit more substance in my glass (a bit heavier in the body and higher intensity of the bubbles), but this is definitely a very good wine for the money. Drinkability: 7+

2010 VINTJS Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast, California (13.5% ABV, $7.99) – I bought this wine based pretty much on the label alone – it looks very grand. Well, the content behind the label was not as grand as I would want it to be. Dark garnet color in the glass, dark fruit notes on the nose, hint of raspberries on the palate, medium to full body, good acidity – but no harmony, all the components where on their own. There are better choices at TJ’s at the same or lesser amount of money. Drinkability: 7-

2012 Marchigüe Carménère Reserva D.O. Colchagua Valley, Chile (13.5% ABV, $8.99) – quite honestly, I was craving Carménère for a past few month (I have none in my fridge), so when I saw this wine at the Trader Joe’s, it was an instant “yesss” decision. This is a very young wine for what it is, so if you want to enjoy it right away, I recommend decanting it – it needs to open up for at least 30 minutes to an hour. Dark ruby color in the glass. Perfect herbaceous hue on the nose – a hint of mint, so characteristic for the good Carménère. Sweet mint on the palate, cassis, a touch a eucalyptus, ripe raspberries, silky smooth texture, full body, excellent acidity and overall very balanced. This wine is definitely highly recommended. Drinkability: 8-

Here are all the wines I presented to you, now in pictures:

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Note: the same wines might have different prices in the different states. The prices mentioned above are all from the Trader Joe’s store in Massachusetts.

If you tasted or will taste any of these wines, let me know if you like them! Cheers!

  1. December 10, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I love Trader Joes…this works for me☺

    • talkavino
      December 10, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      I can’t buy them regularly, unfortunately, only when I travel to the other states. But it makes it even more fun : )

  2. December 10, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I love that you’re featuring really humanely priced wines. I can afford all of these, and they sound fantastic.

    • talkavino
      December 10, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      I always look for value. It is definitely fun to find a good wine to drink without the need to break the bank!

  3. PSsquared
    December 10, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I agree with you on the Cab. But I’m going to look for that Carmenere!

    • talkavino
      December 10, 2013 at 8:41 pm

      Let me know how you will like it!

  4. December 10, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    The Carmenere is now on my list! Thank you.

    • talkavino
      December 10, 2013 at 8:40 pm

      great! let me know how you will like it!

  5. December 10, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Good to know the TJ’s Brut sparkler is decent for a value priced wine; I bought a bottle a couple days ago and haven’t opened it yet. And just so you know – it is $9.99 in California too (we were down there for a few days on vacation).

    • talkavino
      December 11, 2013 at 7:36 am

      Great, let me know how you will like it! The reason I mentioned that price can be different in some states is because TJ’s has this information for some of their wines on their web site. For instance, the Prosecco I’m talking about here, is priced at $9.99 in most states, but it is $11.99 in NH, and $13.99 in OH, I guess due to the state mandated minimum prices…

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