Tuesday Night Wine: a Quick Hit
Tonight is an impromptu pizza night. I had been meaning to try this wine for a couple of months now. I picked it up at Trader Joe’s for $5.99. This wine breaks many of my rules of wine buying: it is not an estate wine, I do not know the producer, etc. Honestly, I just had to find out what a $5.99 Bordeaux tasted like. I hoped that with a superior vintage like the 2009, this wine might be acceptable.
Verdict: the wine is ok. It tastes vaguely Bordeaux (i.e. it is a bit earthy and not too fruity), but it really tastes more like grape juice with some alcohol. While it is not offensive, I would prefer to spend a couple of dollars more to get something with a bit more character (or go back to those cheap Sicilians I bought previously). You win some, you lose some, sometimes you just drink up.
UPDATE: well, we blew up Reddit’s wine page last weekend with the post on “Does Bordeaux Matter in the US Any Longer?,” then had the moderator declare us a spammer. C’est la vie. I would like to thank the moderator who so graciously chided me incessantly for continuing to send readers to these pages. We live in a world of mixed messages, I suppose.
We received a much kinder, and equally enthusiastic, response on LinkedIn. Bordeaux continues to be a lightning rod for wine people, consumers and pros. That trend will evolve as more “millenials” join the wine world.
REMINDER: the post on internet wine buying now has a $10 credit for new Invino customers who want to try their site. Some wines have sold out, and new ones have been added. Make sure you check it out!
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