Trader Joe’s Wine Find: VINTJS Carignane 2013

VINTJS Carignane 2013 label photoSometimes you just need a good cheap bottle. At this price point, I’ll keep it short and sweet.

This was a surprisingly tasty bottle of wine for seven or eight bucks!

Juicy and tense with with cherry-red berry notes on a light-bodied frame. An almost smoky note and a dry, tannic finish brings some welcome depth and interest. Not a flabby fruit bomb. The next time I’m at Trader Joe’s, I will definitely pick up another couple of bottles of this for the “open whenever” stash.

If you have a Trader Joe’s in your town, look for this on your next visit. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

(Don’t buy their salsas though. As a naturalized Texan, I can say every one I’ve tried has been no bueno.)

VINTJS — a terrible, terrible name — seems to be a Trader Joe’s house label as I can’t find anything online about the winery. But varietal Carignane (which you don’t see very often – Cline Cellars does one that I’ve liked over the years) from a specific AVA (Mendocino County) makes this more interesting than the usual fodder of generic, cutesy-named “California” blends you usually find at this price point.

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Oh you’re in my blood like holy wine
You taste so bitter and so sweet
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oh I would still be on my feet

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Bonny Doon 2014 Semillon

Bonny Doon Semillon 2014 front labelA club shipment earlier this year brought this lovely bottle of 100% Yountville Semillon to my doorstep.

Let’s check it out.

(By the way: If you are looking for a wine club to join, Bonny Doon’s DEWN Club is a personal favorite.)

(By the way #2: Isn’t it nice to see stuff like Semillon from places like Yountville, where surely, replanting to Cabernet would make more financial sense.)

It took a bit of time to open up, but once it did it was a beautiful bottle of wine. It’s got that waxy, melony quality of semillon, which I’ll admit to not always being excited by, but a beautiful texture and acidity emerges and ultimately turns this into a wine that calls to mind that quote about wine being bottled sunshine.

Thanks, Semillon, Randall.

Bonny Doon Vineyard
2014 Semillon
Yountville AVA
Yount Mill Vineyard
Price: $24

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