Sunday, March 24, 2013

Review: ***+ $ Trader Joe's Petit Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa valley, California, 2011 = BEST VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for popular Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.

By way of background, opening thoughts: Trader Joe's, famous for "Two Buck Chuck", offers a fairly wide range of wines under its own label, including some with reasonably serious heritage.  Today, we are sampling a Trader Joe wine made from Napa cabernet sauvignon.

Original tasting and review : This is Trader Joe's Petit Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa valley, California, 2011, finished at 13.7% alcohol.

In the glass: Deep muddy magenta, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, tangy claret fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be solid, structured and bright.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much more aromatic on the palate, with deep, poignant, blackberries and creamy overtones of vanilla.  The finish is rich and creamy, with moderate length, totally clean.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for poignancy on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this an easy best value.


Check out today's pricing and retail availability for popular Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.


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