Winetasting Report: Trader Joe’s

Stopped in to shop food and wine and attend the Friday tasting today. I ran into a couple customers I hadn’t seen in ages, as well. They had an interesting assortment on the table – some great finds. Three of the four are recommended.

VinTJs Gewurztraminer (2012) Paso Robles, California – $6

Perfectly dry, with spicy/floral aromas and a lovely combination of lychee, asian pear, and apple on the palate. A real winner for this price – highly recommended. Get this for your Thanksgiving turkey!

Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Pinot Noir (2011) Russian River Valley, California – $13

This is the more recent vintage of what I had just the other night. This is lighter and livelier, with wild strawberry aromas and tastes. Much more of a feminine version. I prefer the 2010.

Trader Joe’s Private Reserve Mourvedre (2011) Paso Robles, California – $11.50

A nice example of this northern Rhone grape. It definitely needs time and air to open up, but then it develops a great combination of vanilla and brambly fruit, with a tannic, chewy backbone. Recommended.

Villa Alena (2011) Moscato d’Asti, Italy – $10

Forget every bottle of headache-inducing Moscato you’ve ever tried – this is the real deal. Yes, it’s sweet, but it has a light, lively, bright texture and definite notes of apricot and peach fruit. Quite lovely and refreshing. Also Recommended.

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