Posts Tagged ‘table wine’

Ocarossa – Cuvée Rosso – NV- Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

01/20/2018

Trader Joe's, red wine, review, price, ocarossa, cuvee rosso, red gooseJanuary 20, 2018

This is a medium-bodied, but still dry and earthy red wine. There are no negatives to this wine. It is an unpretentious red table wine. Pour it straight from the bottle and enjoy with food.  Think red when selecting a food for pairing; red sauce, spicy red pepper, red meat.  The lighter body makes this a good wine to help get the food down. There’s no dainty sipping at the dinner table.

I like this wine.  However, it’s a different wine than most on the shelves today.  The flavor profile or style is different from most of its neighbors.  I’m going to call this old-school wine; earthy, dry and good.

Two things are of interest.  One is the somewhat disjointed backstory on the bottle explaining how this wine got its name.  There are mosquitos, birds, woods, a pond, a red goose, a zen master (?) and of course grape vines in the story.  All this, I suppose, means the grapes are grown in harmony with nature.  And the name?  “Oca rossa” means red goose in Italian.  Ocarossa is the red goose that lives in the pond.

trader joe, wine, review, cork, ocarossa, red blend, priceThe second noteworthy item is the cork.  This is corkscrew-less cork.  Just grab the top of the cork protruding from the bottle, twist and pull the cork until out.  Everyone needs one of these for their cork collection.

Price $5.99.

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.

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.

Il Tarocco Chianti Classico – 2014 – DOCG – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

12/10/2016
il_taroccoDecember 10, 2016

This is another fine wine from Italy at Trader Joe’s for a very reasonable price considering the quality.  The wine is dry and totally smooth with an earthy mouth feel and enough bite/character to separate this from a lesser Chianti.  This is possibly the most enjoyable wine I’ve had in 2016.

You may ask, what does the word Classico add to a Chianti? Chianti Classico specifically refers to an official area within the Chianti region of Italy. That specific area was also the first in what’s now the Chianti region to attempt to define and regulate its wine. Being the first to define the Chianti wine, and predating the official Italian regulations, the wine gets to wear the “classic” designation.  Along with the geographical requirements, a Chianti Classico wine has a different set of production regulations which separate a Classico from the standard Chianti designation.  After that it’s up to the skill and pride of the winemaker to produce a quality product. In this bottle, there is an overabundance of skill and pride producing a very very nice wine.  Price $9.99.

Panilonco Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva- 2014 – Wine Review – Trader Joe’s

07/02/2016

wine, cabernet sauvignon, red wine, chile, 2014, reserva, colchagua valley, trader joesRustic comes to mind from first uncorking to finish.  This is rough around all the edges, but not overly rough.  From the Colchagua Valley of Chile, this is a good table wine.  The wine is mildly dry on the roof of the mouth with a medium red color.  The taste dissipates quickly making it difficult to pick up significant traits, either good or bad, except for a long lingering warmness in the mouth and beyond.  Most importantly at this price, there’s nothing wrong with the wine.  Especially if you’re in the habit of drinking wine with meals, this is a good inexpensive $4.99 red wine to accompany an everyday meal.

 


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