I was interested to see this “Trader Joes” branded wine the other day mysteriously labeled “Reserve”. It’s origin was shrouded in mystery, but it was a Cab… had “reserve” in the name which made me feel special… and it was a 2005, which seems a little older than most of the Cabs I have been buying so I thought it would be interesting to try.
It’s got a deep black currant color when poured in the glass. A good sign so far. The first taste I had was a bit sour… but when I had another glass the next day I think I tasted more what this wine is capable of. It has an intense black licorice flavor, mixed with blackberries and some black cherries. That’s a lot of black. There’s also a hint of oakiness in there too (black oak?). I’m not a big oak fan, but there not enough of it here to turn me off.
This wine’s growing on me. I didn’t really like it at first, but now I’m starting to dig it. But at close to $10 for the bottle (I don’t remember the exact bill, but it was 8 or 9 at least) and such intense flavors, I think it’s a bit limited in it’s opportunities. Maybe with a big peppery steak. Yum!
***1/2 (3 and a half stars… maybe 4 if I keep drinking)
UPDATE: I went back to TJ’s today to check the price, but this wine was no where to be found. Must have been some limited time thing.