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Sayanca Malbec 2016 – Argentina – Wine Review – ALDI

04/23/2017

sayanca, malbec, wine, Argentina, ALDI, 2016, review, priceApril 23, 2017

A fruity aroma escaped the bottle on first opening which quickly disappeared for good. This is a mildly dry and earthy Malbec from Argentina similar to the other two Malbecs (Gestos, Amancay)  recently reviewed.  Red wines generally need a few years to reach their peaks.  As a 2016 vintage, this is a red wine which has most likely not peaked.  But as a $5 wine, does anyone much care?

For me, this is an everyday table wine meant to be consumed with food.  The wine has a fairly strong flavor profile making paring with; red meats, strong cheeses, hearty sauces and of course pizza, obvious choices.  A burrito Jalisco and Jimmy John’s #5 worked well for me on separate days.

Alone, this is still a drinkable wine with sometimes a bit of a bad aftertaste that may make one wish they had spent another dollar or two for a better wine.  But still, this is not bad for the price and I’ve easily had worse.  Price $4.99

 

 

Gestos – Malbec+Malbec – 2014 – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

04/09/2017

Trader Joe, Argentina, Gestos Malbec+Malbec, review, price, red wine, 2014April 9, 2017

The gimmick for this wine is the grapes grown at two different altitudes.  That’s how it gets its name and label.  The wine consists of 50% grapes grown at 1100 meters and 50% grapes grown at 700 meters.  The idea is that each altitude (and environment) adds different characteristics to the grapes and ultimately the wine.  And how does that work?

This wine is very similar to the Amancay Malbec reviewed last week.  Both come from the Mendoza region of Argentina.  The aroma is strong and earthy in the glass.  The wine is dry and earthy in the mouth.  The color is deep purple.  There may be a bit more body and a bit less dryness than the Amancay.  This would be a more interesting wine than the Amancay if not for a somewhat harsh aftertaste.  Price $8.99.

Amancay – Malbec – Reserva 2014 – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

03/31/2017

March 31, 2017

This Malbec from the Uco Valley of Argentina has a deep purple color in the glass with a mild fruity aroma.  On the first glass there’s a bit of alcohol burn in the nose and the back of the throat.  In the mouth there’s a dry watery feel.  The dryness is not overpowering, but definitely there on the roof of the mouth.  For those who don’t mind a dry red wine, this is a reasonably good wine for the price.  The simple but elegant label is a bonus.  Price $6.99.

Terrenal Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

03/27/2017
March 27, 2017

This Cab hails from Yecla, Spain.  Briefly it’s an earthy, strong Cab that’s not very smooth bordering on rough.  Along with the earthy mouth feel is a little heat on the tongue and back of the throat.  Although I haven’t had any recently, this reminds me of a good two buck Chuck.  In the glass the wine is a watery medium-dark red.  This wine can easily overpower some foods.  Other than the style, which some people may not like, there aren’t really any overpowering negatives.  This is drinkable and not bad for a $5 wine as long as you like your wine and women (or men) strong and rough.  One final thing, the wine is labeled as Kosher.  Price $4.99.

Borelli Nero D’Avola IGT NV – Wine Review – ALDI

03/11/2017

March 11, 2017

A medium red color yields a slight earthy aroma in the glass.  After that, there’s not much else.  In the mouth there’s a little alcohol burn and a hint of cherry.  There may be a stray tannin or two which accounts for the earthy taste and mouth feel.   There’s nothing bad or offensive in the taste.  This is a simple $5 wine.  The price sets the expectation for what’s in the bottle.   It’s entirely drinkable, but probably best with food as there’s not much to savor by itself.  While there’s nothing special about this wine, at the same time it’s still equal or better than some $10 wines at mass merchandisers.   Price $4.99

 

 

Chateau Haut-Sorillon Bordeaux Superieur – 2013 – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

02/23/2017

Trader Joe, wine, Haut-Sorillon, Bordeaux Superieur, 2013, review, priceFebruary 23, 2017

There’s not much on the cork.  In the glass there’s a deep red to purple color and not much aroma.  This is a medium-light bodied simple red wine that tastes good and is easy to drink.  There are a few tannins around to give the wine a little character, but not enough to upset very many people.  There are no negatives.

There’s little information on the bottle or the internet about the grapes or process used to make this wine.  Since it’s a Bordeaux, we can assume most of the grapes used in this wine are Cabernet and Merlot.  Most other reviews on the web give this average ratings (3.5 out of 5).  It’s a fairly mild red wine and should pair well with most foods except the most delicate.  I could sip this all night – regrets in the morning of course.  Price $8.99.

La Finca – Tempranillo – 2015 – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

01/31/2017

Trader Joe, La Finca, temranillo, red wine, Argentina, review, mendoza, 2015January 31, 2017

Unpretentious, that’s what a good table wine is.  This is a wine which sits on the dinner table, gets passed around, doesn’t get in the way of the food, and doesn’t get in the way of the conversation.  When the bottle’s empty someone grabs another bottle off the kitchen counter and the cycle repeats.

The wine has a mild earthy taste with just enough roughness around the edge to get your attention for a moment.  There’s not much aroma to go along with a medium red color that makes the wine look watery.  There’s not much bad about the wine.  In fact it’s a nice wine.  It’s just not the star of the show like some wines want to be.  Good and unpretentious, that’s what a table wine should be.   And for a price of $4.49 a bottle it’s easy to fill up that kitchen counter.

Vignobles Lacheteau – 2015 – Vouvray – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

01/25/2017

white wine, review, France, Loire, Vignobles Lacheteau, price, Vouvray, 2015January 25, 2017

Aside from the most difficult screw cap I’ve ever encountered, this was a “sweet” wine.  Well not sweet in the sweet taste sense, rather sweet as in very nice.  The wine actually was slightly sweet to match the faint fruity apple flavor.  The wine had a medium acidity as measured by my stomach and throat, but not enough to require medication.  For me, this is one wine where a little bit of chill brings out the best qualities.

The wine comes from the Vouvray region of the Loire Valley in France.  Although the bottle doesn’t specify the grape, that region is famous for the Chenin Blanc grape.  That grape is likely the source of the juice that ultimately became this wine.

The wine generally gets above average reviews on the web, with some thinking it too sweet for their tastes.  For me, a person who generally avoids white wines, I really liked this one.  Price $7.99.

Château Mayne Guyon – Côtes de Bordeaux – 2014 – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

01/14/2017

trader joes, wine, review, bordeaux, 2014, chateau mayne guyonJanuary 14, 2017

There’s a deep ruby-red color in the glass and a hint of vinegar on the cork.  A strange wet wood aroma emanates from the glass on first pour.  This aroma diminished after exposure to air.  In the mouth the wine seemed to change with each sip.  It was an interesting experience that I suspect would create much conversation around the table as each person might have a different taste experience.  Most of those changes were neutral to slightly positive.  One or two of the changes were slightly negative.  While not the finest example of a Bordeaux wine and possibly not even a good example, overall, the wine was drinkable and enjoyable.

Day two, with the wine exposed to air from the original uncorking and an overnight stoppered storage in the refrigerator, the wine produced some fruity overtones – for a short time.  Gone was the wet wood aroma.  Still present was one of the negatives, a slight off-taste at the back of the throat.
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Roulé Rouge – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

12/24/2016
roule rouge, red table wine, trader joesDecember 24, 2016

Can organic grapes make an inexpensive California wine good?  On first opening, the cork had a fairly strong scent of vinegar reminding me of our first-generation next-door neighbor when I was growing up, who used to press his own grapes and make large barrels of wine in his backyard.  He’d give my parents some bottles which generally turned to vinegar in a few weeks.  But man, those few weeks were fun.

I doubt this one will turn to vinegar even if it has no sulfites added.  And that, no added sulfites, is another reason I picked this up off the shelf.  How many wines do you see with no, added sulfites?

Being a blend per the label, the wine is non-vintage and non-varietal (although a 2015 Trader Joe ad claims this is 100% Merlot).  Umm, well, if we go with the label, that leaves out cutting and pasting from some Merlot review.  But that’s another reason this wine reminds me of that backyard brew so many years ago.  There’s no telling exactly what went into the bottle

What came out of the bottle is a fairly smooth mildly dry red table wine that’s very drinkable once you realize that red wines don’t really have to taste the same.  This one will puzzle your taste buds into saying, what is that?  When they give up trying to answer that question they’ll say, I like it.  The only possible negative is a strange earthy taste that’s really not very objectionable once you get used to it.  Maybe the taste is a bit of young tannins or maybe they do ferment in old wooden barrels?  I don’t know if being organic had anything to do with it, but this inexpensive wine is good.

Growing up, we ate a lot of pasta with a thick red sauce that started as canned whole tomatoes and olive oil in tins, both from the old country, washed down with the backyard wine. This wine brings back pleasant memories.  Price $5.99.


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