Original tasting and review : This is Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Lot 67 Zinfandel, Calistoga, Napa Valley, California, 2013, finished at 13.9% alcohol and first sampled 1 year from vintage date, in June, 2015.
In the glass: Deep dusty burgundy, almost opaque in the center of the glass.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, fresh, red raspberry fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be hardly wine at all, but a luscious, rich red berry juice.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact unmistakably wine-like, showing a gritty, slightly bright red raspberry and red currant fruit. There is sufficient sweetness to cut the vigorous acidity, and that combination brings the sip into your cheeks, where it moves into a slow, clean fade to the finish. Plenty of tannins sneek up during the finish and put the final grip on your cheeks. Enjoyable experience, and one that can sit for several years and still bring pleasure.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for its bright, big redness on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Good value.
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