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

Reviewed Wines

2015 VINTJS Willamette Valley Oregon Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., $8.99. Vinted and bottled by ABJ Wines, Geyserville, CA. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Primarily oak-derived aromas of smoke, mulch and graham with a slight note of cherry. Drinkable in a mid weight style, but little depth of cherry flavor, little complexity, and sparse length on the finish. The muscular tannins are aggressive. Score: 83. Reviewed December 13, 2016 ARTICLE »

2015 Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve Lot #23 Carneros Pinot Noir

13.9%, $12.99. Bottled by Carneros Cellars, Napa, CA. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Fruity aromas of black cherry lead to a mid weight core of black cherry fruit framed by modest tannins. Not appreciable depth or nuance, but true to the varietal, balanced and offers a modest but pleasing finish. A decent value. Score: 86. Reviewed December 13, 2016 ARTICLE »

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 Reserve Lot #109 Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir

13.9% alc., $9.99. Vinted and bottled by Reluctant Wine Co., Arroyo Grande, CA. · Moderate reddish purple color in the glass. Perfumed with aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, spice, and vanilla, picking up more oak notes over time in the glass. Velvety and lush on the palate, with good fruit intensity and drive. Nicely balanced array of purple and black fruits with a hint of oak toast and spice, finishing with good roundness. Impressive harmony. Over delivers for the price. Score: 88. Reviewed December 13, 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 »

2014 Trader Joe’s Platinum Reserve Lot #33 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

14.2% alc., 5,000 cases, $14.99. Cellared and bottled by The Vine Intervention, Napa, CA. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of cherry and baking spices with a bit of apple core. Silky smooth on the palate in a cherrydriven mid weight styled wine. Easy going, with gentle tannins, a shallow mid palate and a very modest finish. Score: 85. Reviewed December 13, 2016 ARTICLE »

2014 Trader Joe’s Platinum Reserve Lot #66 Carneros Napa Valley Pinot Noir

13.5% alc., 2,000 cases, $14.99. Estate grown and produced by Eris Vineyards, Napa, CA. · Moderately light reddish purple color in the glass. Blackberry fruit aromas are accented with scents of earthy flora and toasty barrel. Highly flavorful, with plenty of black cherry and exotic spice notes to please. The fruit is nicely framed by silky tannins and there is noticeable length on the finish. A bit too much barrel on the nose, but the oak is better integrated on the palate. Well worth the money. Score: 87. Reviewed December 13, 2016 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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