Monday, January 27, 2014

Trader Joe's Wine#1- 2012 33 Trentatre Rosso

Thus far on this blog, I have concentrated on wines available at Costco or Total Wine and More.  For the next several posts, I will review wines available at Trader Joes.  I will skip Charles Shaw Wines (two buck chuck) because you can do really well by spending a few bucks more on other wines from Trader Joes. 

The first thing you need to know about Trader Joe's is that you do not go there to buy name brand wine.  About 20% of the wine on Trader Joe's shelves is name brand wine but it is only there to show you what a good deal you are getting on the other wine.  The name brand wine is over priced and Trader Joes does not really expect you to buy it!  The wine labeled "Trader Joe"  or labeled by a name you have never heard of,  is usually made by a winery that is making the wine for Trader Joes but does not want to have the wine compete with their name brand wine.  It may, or may not be as good as the name brand wine.  If you understand the information on the bottle,  you can find some amazing deals.

The first wine we will review is the 2012 Trentatre 33 Rosso.  It is from Italy and is called "33" because it is 1/3 Cabernet Sauvignon, 1/3 Merlot and 1/3 Montepulciano.  It has been aged 6 months in oak and has an A.C. of 14%.  The bottle describes it as a deep purple red with a fruity nose and hints of plum, cherry and chocolate.  It is full bodied with a finish of soft tannins.  I think the bottle gives a good description, although I did not detect very much nose.  We had a dinner party Saturday and everyone enjoyed this wine.  This wine comes at an incredible price of $5.99 and if I had paid $10.99, I would not be unhappy. 

SC Wine Joe rating=88 points
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