Trader Joe’s impressed me before with their $4 Coastal Syrah and has done it again with two more reds! I recently enjoyed their $10 2007 Dry Creek Valley Reserve Cab and their $5 2008 California Grower’s Reserve Petite Syrah.
They were easy drinking, (relatively) low alcohol wines, 14.5% and 13.5% respectively, with noses and palates richer than you would anticipate given their prices. What a great reminder of the importance of trusting your palate and not graphic designers or name brands. I’ll drink TJ’s Dry Creek Valley Reserve Cab over Silver Choke any day!