Friday, June 19, 2009

Hot New Wines at Trader Joe's

Lorca 2003 Pinot Noir-$14.99 a bottle.  Lots of intensity and mouth feel.  Not a Pinot for wussies.  A "Tom's Choice" at our Ventura store.

Domaine Alfred 2006 Pinot Noir-Not inexpensive at $22.99 a bottle but well under the retail cost of $38.00 elsewhere.  Again, a very intense Pinot with lots of bite, but with a little breathing, the bite becomes an enticing nibble.  

Canard "Sauvage" Zinfandel-Wow, this is a great Zin at $9.99 a bottle.  Alcohol is high at 15.5% but this wine was not out of balance after slight aeration.  I loved this wine.  It's a Robert Parker style of BIG wine!  Worth every penny.  Also a "Tom's Choice!"

Chariot "Gypsy" red table wine-A blend of Cabernet, Petit Sirah, Zinfandel, and Sangiovese.  An exceptional value at $4.99 a bottle.  This wine flies off the shelves so hurry down to your local TJ to seek this wine out.  It's not as tannic and heavy as the Cab and Petit Sirah, might suggest. The Zinfandel offers soft fruit and and Sangiovese smoothed the finish.  A nice wine at a great price.

Many of these wines are Trader Joe's "Hustle Buys," so they aren't around for long.  I guess the "Hustle" in "Hustle Buys" means that you need to hustle over to TJ's if you want your fair share of the selections.  

Chow, baby,

Tom Da Wine Guy


At February 13, 2010 at 8:59 AM , Blogger Marcia said...

Hi Tom - I am in LOVE with Canard Sauvage Zin!! Do you know if TJs will be carrying again? Or where in CA can I drive to buy? I'm not very successful trying to locate the Sonoma/Sebastopol winery on the net.

Thx much!
Marcia, Livermore, CA

At March 23, 2010 at 2:28 PM , Blogger Tom da Wine Guy said...

Hi Marcia. That Canard Zin is now back at Tj's, however, it's a new vintage and while still very good, it's not quite as remarkable as the previous vintage. Also, there is now a Canard Petite Sirah that I have not yet sampled, but I will later this week.


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