Drinking Tonight: Trader Joe’s Coastal Merlot

This is one of the flagship private labels at TJ’s, part of a line from the Central Coast region of California. These are dependable, cool-climate wines that are priced in the $6 range. I’m having this with vegetable pizza tonight.

Trader Joe’s Coastal Merlot (2011) Central Coast, California – $6

Photo0258Color: nice plummy purple.

Aroma: a decent combination of cherry, plum, and berry fruit.

Taste: a nice style – moderated acidity, good fruit, a hint of smokiness, and just enough tannin on the finish. Excellent quality for the price, especially when you consider the gallons and gallons of overly-tart Merlots from California. Recommended.

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