Sunday, May 5, 2013

Review: ***+ $ Trader Joe's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Lot #72, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California, 2009 = BEST VALUE


Check out today's pricing and retail availability for bargain Dry Creek Valley cabernet sauvignon.

By way of background, opening thoughts: Dry Creek Valley cabernet sauvignon has a strong reputation and typically comes with a correspondingly premium price.  Trader Joe's is offering one at a very unusual bargain price point, under $10 U.S.

Original tasting and review : This is Trader Joe's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California, 2009, finished at 15% alcohol.  It has spent 15 months in French oak.

In the glass: Very deep ruby red.

On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows classic, slightly shy cabernet fruit, definitely dosed with oak.  From the aroma, seems like this will be deep and classic.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated.  With the four years of age, this shows settled red cherry, blended with the oak. Furry and fairly lengthy finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for classic style.  Best value.


Check out today's pricing and retail availability for bargain Dry Creek Valley cabernet sauvignon.


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