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Inexpensive wines bottled under the Trader Joe's Market label and sold exclusively through Trader Joe's markets.

Reviewed Wines

2014 Sphere Monterey County Pinot Noir

13.8% alc., $6.99. This is a featured wine in the spring Trader Joe’s Fearless Flyer newsletter. In amongst descriptions of many offerings including whole milk Greek honey yogurt and dark chocolate covered peaberry coffee beans, you will find this wine highlighted. It is said to have been crafted for Trader Joe’s Markets by a winemaker with deep roots in California wine country and is 100% Pinot Noir. · Moderately light cherry red color in the glass. Well-perfumed with scents of strawberry, black cherry and spice. The light weight core of red cherry fruit is accented with complimentary oak and framed by modest tannins making for easy imbibing. The wine is a bit shallow and lacks much finish, but it is not oaky like so many value-priced Pinot Noirs and satisfies all the criteria for a Pinot Noir varietal. At this price, it is hard to complain. This would be a great wedding wine. Score: 87. Reviewed May 11, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Trader Joe’s Reserve Lot # 109 Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $9.99. Vinted and bottled by Reluctant Wine Co. in Arroyo Grande, California. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. This wine is true to its Pinot Noir origins, with aromas of dark cherry, raspberry and truffle, and mid weight flavors of black cherry and purple grape. Oak is supportive without being intrusive, the tannins are silky, and this simple wine is easy to drink. Score: 86. Reviewed September 7, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Trader Joe’s Lot #57 Estate Grand Reserve Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., $14.99. Cellared and bottled by DNA Vineyards, Ukiah, CA. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Deep aromas of Bing cherry, spice and toasty oak. Quintessential Russian River Valley in character, with mid weight flavors of black cherry, cola and spice. This wine has noticeable power and intensity on the palate and finish with a compliment of oak in the background. An easy drinking wine with substance that won’t disappoint at this price point. Score: 88. Reviewed November 22, 2015 ARTICLE »

2013 Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Lot #23 Carneros Pinot Noir

14% alc., $13. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Pleasant aromas of black cherry, strawberry glaze and toasty oak. Light to mid weight flavors of juicy cherry with a hint of anise and cola. A bit shallow on the attack but finishes with a burst of cherry flavor backed by slightly astringent tannins. This wine delivers what you would expect for Pinot Noir at this price point. Score: 86. Reviewed January 23, 2015 ARTICLE »

2009 Trader Joe’s Petite Reserve Central Coast Pinot Noir

13.7% alc., $5.99. · Moderately deep reddishpurple color. Scents of underbrush, leaf, old sweatshirt. Light-bodied flavors of strawberries, raspberries, cranberries with minimal tannins. Akin to a rosé in intensity. Decent (-). Reviewed February 8, 2011 ARTICLE »

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