This is one of the Trader Joe’s exclusive wines, from Oreana Winery in California. I purchased the 2011 for $8 recently, am having this with a pot of chili.
Color: nice and purple, not quite opaque.
Aroma: black cherry, spice, blackberry, some chocolate and licorice.
Taste: this is a good food wine – plenty of acidity, and despite the 13.8% alcohol it’s not hot or flabby. Starts out with more fruit, then about halfway back on the tongue transitions to a spice- and chocolate-dominated profile. Medium tannins on the back of the tongue and on the gums. Decent length on the finish.
I’ll buy this again; can drink it solo (like a basic Cotes du Rhone) or with a reasonably spicy meal. I’m curious how this would be with Cajun.