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Trader Joe's Petit Verdot Napa Valley Grand Reserve 2007

Member Review by Athon:

Had a bottle the other day with dinner and thought it a fluke, so I purchased another to review. Typical Petit Verdot Inky-Purple color, huge crimson legs. Very high amount of extract. Hot nose, violet, white rose, and American Oak(?). Right here I am stopping the review for a moment to say, this is the first wine at Trader Joes that actually needs some age on it. Everything I have every had from them is either candy flavored or ready to drink. Jumble in the mouth, good acid, quite tanic, with a tea bag after taste. This wine is in the style of a Cold Climate Petit Verdot. I think that in a year or two this is going to be a great example, especially for $10.00. 2nd) Picking up caramel notes in addition to aforementioned aromas. Taste is sorting itself out, becoming smooth and balanced, still tanic, but the tea bag aftertaste has fallen away. I know from a few days ago this wine can put up with rich food. ten-buck Chuck?

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Color: Red
Varietal: Petit Verdot
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Trader Joe's:
  Trader Joe is a privately held chain of specialty grocery stores that began in Pasadena, California and are now peppered across the United States. The first store, then called Pronto Markets, opened in 1958. In 1967 as the business expanded, founder Joe Coulombe changed the name to Trader Joe’s and began the trademark Hawaiian themed decor, complete with staff all wearing Hawai... Read more
  Trader Joe is a privately held chain of specialty grocery stores that began in Pasadena, California and are now peppered across the United States. The first store, then called Pronto Markets, opened in 1958. In 1967 as the business expanded, founder Joe Coulombe changed the name to Trader Joe’s and began the trademark Hawaiian themed decor, complete with staff all wearing Hawaiian shirts. The stores specialize in private label food and grocery items, many of them certified organic and sustainable. Foods are labeled in whimsical accordance to the ethnicity of the products, i.e. “Trader Giotto’s” for Italian, “Trader José’s” for Mexican, “Trader Ming’s” for Chinese, etc. This direct supply method allows them to pass savings onto customers by keeping costs low. If an item doesn’t sell well, it is (often to the consternation of some customers) discontinued. A maritime bell is used as a means of communication (one bell = assistance at the register, two bells = a general call for assistance, three bells = call for any manager to assist a customer) between staffers, who are trained in providing top-notch customer service and engaging in conversation in the check-out line.    Many of the stores feature their own wine shops, which are a mix of private label and standard brands specializing in California and New World wines. One of the most successful wines to be sold at Trader Joe’s is Charles Shaw, the price of which starts at $1.99, famously known as “Two Buck Chuck.”  Read less

Member Reviews for Trader Joe's Petit Verdot Napa Valley Grand Reserve

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Snooth User: Athon
88567206
4.00 5
01/13/2010

Had a bottle the other day with dinner and thought it a fluke, so I purchased another to review. Typical Petit Verdot Inky-Purple color, huge crimson legs. Very high amount of extract. Hot nose, violet, white rose, and American Oak(?). Right here I am stopping the review for a moment to say, this is the first wine at Trader Joes that actually needs some age on it. Everything I have every had from them is either candy flavored or ready to drink. Jumble in the mouth, good acid, quite tanic, with a tea bag after taste. This wine is in the style of a Cold Climate Petit Verdot. I think that in a year or two this is going to be a great example, especially for $10.00. 2nd) Picking up caramel notes in addition to aforementioned aromas. Taste is sorting itself out, becoming smooth and balanced, still tanic, but the tea bag aftertaste has fallen away. I know from a few days ago this wine can put up with rich food. ten-buck Chuck?

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Snooth User: erickafilm
153803952
2.00 5
12/17/2014

Two glasses


Snooth User: lingprof
1556071,108
4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 07/01/2009

I was really impressed by this wine! It has a very 'clean' flavor that seems to focus on the fruit (blueberries, raspberries) without any distractors. And a nice finish. A great food wine, esp. at the price ($10).



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