This is the red counterpart to the white Bordeaux I tried a week ago. It’s a Trader Joe’s exclusive that I bought early in the summer and am just getting around to trying. I’m having this with a some beef and onions over Yukon gold potatoes.
Les Portes de Bordeaux (2009) Bordeaux, France – $7.50
Aroma: cherry and kirsch, with cedar undertones. Maybe just a hint of black pepper in there as well.
Taste: supple and clean – cherry, dried cherry, some dry, dusty spice, and just a little oak on the finish. I wouldn’t call this an international-style wine, but it’s a very approachable Bordeaux. It has a medium body throughout, with some kirsch notes in the mid-palate and finish. A very pleasant wine for under $10.