When I find a wine that I like, I often go to Trader Joe's and try to find a similar wine at a lower price. I have recently been enjoying a Poggio Vino Nobile di Montepulciano that I bought at Costco, but I hoped to find a substitute for less than the $15 price. Surprisingly, I did find Incanto Vino Nobile di Montepulciano at Trader Joe's for $8.99. Same grapes, same region but will it be the same quality?
I began my taste test with one glass from last nights $15 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano for my wine assistant and one for myself. We then proceeded to the Incanto from Trader Joe's. Our immediate reaction was that there was no way to compare the two wines. It was like these were two totally different wines. Although the Incanto did not cover as wide a range of flavors as the $15 wine, the Incanto seemed to do a decent job on a more limited flavor spectrum. I noted flavors of dark cherry and pomegranite with a mildly pleasing finish. However, the longer we drank this wine, the less enthusiastic we became. My final conclusion is that it would be better to spend $15 for the recently reviewed Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
SC Wine Joe rating = 87 points