This one was a find at Trader Joe’s. Not quite a “find” because they seem to have it often, but a find in that I hadn’t tried it before and they had a huge fucking display of it waiting for me and D when we went Sunday to pick up a few things. It retails for $4.99 and is a blend; something I normally love to try. Coming off of the unbelievably fabulous Candle Light wine, though, this one paled in comparison. Not so much that I’ll not drink the rest, but I’ll leisurely sip it. The Candle Light wine? No sipping there.
It’s a nice cherry red color, but not so dark that you can’t see through the wine to the other side of the glass. This has notes of maraschino cherry, strawberry, spice, some pepper, blueberry, and some floral notes that I can’t identify (dandelion? Dandelion wine??). It’s a great tasting red blend, but it’s not overpowering, nor super flavorful. The lovely taste wears off pretty quick and you’re left with a long finish. This is a hearty wine AFTER the fact- meaning you’re toward the end of the glass and Whoop! There it is! After sipping the wine for a few hours while reading, I went to finish the glass and I got walloped. There’s some mild acidity, but a lot of sweet flavor, but not so much that you’re putting this into a category with rose and lambrusco. Not the case. Just a nice flavorful wine. Sort of like a pinot with a good dose of cabernet sauvignon. It’s a good blend, clocking in at 12.0% alcohol content, so not too much of a punch, but still, a decent flavored blend for five bucks- NOT easy to find these days!