I was kind of surprised to see a couple of stacks of wines under the Trader Joe’s Reserve label the other day. I was especially surprised to see a Carignane (Carignan as it’s known in Spain and France). At one point it was the third most planted grape in California as the workhorse for many of the jug wine producers. The main reason is that it has the ability to produce high yielding crops but it suffers from high acid and high tannin levels making it difficult to work with in the winery.
Being the adventurous one, I picked up a bottle for the evening dinner (Here in WA state it was priced at $9.99) On the label it says”Rustic and Loamy with pepper and blackberry”. That pretty much sums it up. For me it was thin and rustic. Not sure that Loam tastes like, but I did get some pepper and it was definitely more in the black fruits and clearly some blackberry flavors. But it was slightly sweet and simple. More like a grown up jug wine. Not a lot of depth or finesse.
I know I’m a bit of a wine snob but this isn’t something that I would buy again, but if you like less complex and approachable wines this might be for you!
I am going to rate this Trader Joe’s Reserve Wine Paso Robles 2010 Carignane 7 Bells!