La Granja 360 Cava Brut Review | Trader Joe’s Wine

La Granja 360 Cava Brut | Trader Joe’s Wine

La Granja 360 Cava Brut | La Granja Wine

I’m always looking for excellent sparkling wines that can be enjoyed without ceremony. Today I wanted to investigate another popular pick in the Trader Joe’s Wine Section: La Granja 360 Cava Brut by La Granja Wines. At under $7 it is a full $2 less expensive than the Rondel Cava Brut that has become so popular both at Total Wine as well as here on The Fermented Fruit.

I have to admit that I am always somewhat skeptical of sparkling wines under $10, and especially so of those with animals on the label. In the case of the La Granja 360 Cava Brut a duck adorns the label. Since La Granja is Spanish for “The Farm”, I guess this is somewhat appropriate. But this particular duck appears to be pretty shaken up so let’s hope my palate isn’t similarly shaken up after tasting the La Granja Cava Brut!

La Granja 360 Cava Brut | La Granja Wine

Appearance: A light golden-yellow with surprisingly fine bubbles.

Nose: There are sweet apples and pears along with aromas of honeysuckle and lemon.

On the palate: The La Granja 360 Cava Brut is juicy and full with notes of bread, vanilla, ginger and orchard fruits. It finishes long with an angular acidity and a bit of heat coming through. The mid-palate is really nice for a wine in this price point and this would merit a higher score if it weren’t for the slightly alcoholic finish.

Varietal Composition: 70% Xarel·lo, 30% Parellada

Vintage: 2012

Origin: Alella DO, Barcelona, Spain

Value Rating:  5 / 5

Where I got it: Trader Joe’s (Clarendon, VA)

Price: $6.99

Score: 89

Should you buy? Absolutely. This is one of the best values in sparkling wine I’ve tasted. Get the La Granja 360 Cava Brut while this $7 gem is still available in the Trader Joe’s Wine Section.

La Granja 360 Cava Brut | La Granja Wine

Value Proposition - La Granja 360 Cava Brut | La Granja Wines

The La Granja 360 Cava Brut is simply an incredible value in sparkling wine. It boasts a level of complexity and mouthfeel that belie it’s very modest price point. Don’t get me wrong… This doesn’t possess the finesse, balance or complexity of a much finer bottle of sparkling wine. Having said, if I had tasted this blind I would have probably guessed that it cost twice as much as it does. Perhaps I mustn’t always be so weary of inexpensive sparklers with funny animals on the label!

La Granja 360 describes themselves as a “revolutionary brand in the traditional wine standards” and if the La Granja 360 Cava Brut is any indication then that statement carries some water. The La Granja Cava is yet another example of an excellent value originating from Spain. Kudos to the folks at Trader Joe’s for finding and stocking this in their stores. I look forward to tasting more from the La Granja 360 wine portfolio!

La Granja 360 Cava Brut | La Granja Wine

 


Chateau Hanteillan 2010 | Costco Wine Reviews

Chateau Hanteillan Haut Medoc 2010 | Costco Wine Reviews

Chateau Hanteillan

I’m surprised I’m just now trying the Chateau Hanteillan 2010. Considering it received a solid 92 point score from Wine Enthusiast and is frequently touted by one of my favorite wine wholesalers: Wines Til Sold Out. They offer it for half of it’s $30 retail and have marketed it as a ‘very impressive “stock your cellar” wine.’ But when I happened upon the Chateau Hanteillan 2010 in the Costco Wine section at under $12, I couldn’t resist any further!

Chateau Hanteillan

Appearance: Medium to dark purple red.

Nose: There are fragrant notes of lavender, raspberry, blackberry, white pepper, leather and spice.

On the palate: The Chateau Hanteillan 2010 is on the fuller side of medium-bodied with decent concentration yet it’s not quite rich or extracted. There are raspberries, plums, and rich blackberry notes in a smooth, smoky, somewhat earthy package. This has an endearing medicinal quality to it and finishes relatively smooth with lingering sweet oak.

Varietal Composition: A Left Bank Bordeaux blend, with actual composition not disclosed. Likely a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot.

Vintage: 2010

Origin: Haut-Médoc AOC, Bordeaux

Value Rating:  5 / 5

Where I got it: Costco (Arlington, VA)

Price: $11.99

Score: 91

Should you buy? Absolutely. This is one of the best value Bordeaux’s I’ve tasted and at under $12 you can afford to stock up on the 2010 Chateau Hanteillan.

Chateau Hanteillan

Value Proposition | Chateau Hanteillan Haut Medoc 2010

While I might not completely agree with Wine Enthusiast’s 92 point rating, don’t let that dissuade you from trying the Chateau Hanteillan 2010. This is an incredibly good Bordeaux for it’s very modest price at Costco. This bottle will likely outclass many of the other Bordeaux wines under $15 that you’re likely to come across.

According to Wine-Searcher results this averages $19 per bottle at most retailers and frankly if I had paid $20 for this I would not have been disappointed. But at Costco’s price the Chateau Hanteillan is a well-made Cru Bourgeois and an incredible wine value. Stock up on the 2010 Chateau Hanteillan before Costco sells out!


Gary Farrell Chardonnay Review | Russian River Selection

Gary Farrell Chardonnay | Gary Farrell Winery

Gary Farrell Chardonnay

On my most recent trip to California wine country in October, I started out my trip in Napa and then made my way to the quaint yet trendy town of Healdsburg in Sonoma. It was my first time visiting this incredible town and it surely won’t be the last. There were so many fine restaurants and wineries I wanted to visit yet I had only a few days there to explore.

While Garry Farrell Winery was on my list of respected producers to visit, I was sadly unable to make it there during my trip. So I was more than delighted to receive the Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Selection as a media sample.

The Gary Farrell Chardonnay is a cool-climate Chardonnay, sourced from select vineyards in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley during the 2012 growing season. Without as much heat as say Napa Valley, the grapes don’t ripen quite as much resulting in lower alcohol and higher acid wines. The result is a Chardonnay like you might find in Burgundy with good balance and mineral character.

The 2012 vintage is being heralded by winemakers and wine-critics alike as one for the history books. It is defined by excellent fruit quality combined with an unusually bountiful crop. After the tough vintages of 2010 and 2011, 2012 was a banner year. Let’s see how the Gary Farrell Chardonnay stacks up!

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Gary Farrell Chardonnay

Appearance: Light golden-yellow

Nose: Bright, aromatic, rich and clean. Notes of honeysuckle and ginger are complemented by lime, tropical fruit, mineral and spice.

On the palate: The medium bodied Gary Farrell Chardonnay is delightfully just as the nose suggests. It begins with rich and elegant notes of honey and ginger and then evolves with a weightless texture to reveal lime, guava, lychee, orange peel, smoke and spices. This has excellent balance, purity and benefits from a steel-like minerality keeping this fresh and focused.

Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay

Vintage: 2012

Origin: Russian River Valley, Sonoma

Value Rating:  4.75 / 5

How I got it: Media sample

Price: $35

Score: 93

Should you buy? Absolutely. This is elegant, complex and well-balanced. If you’ve soured on big flabby Napa Chardonnay’s, allow the Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Selection 2012 to convince you that California is producing some seriously good Chardonnay.

Gary Farrell Chardonnay

Value Proposition | Gary Farrell Chardonnay Russian River Selection 2012

Gary Farrell Winery specializes in producing cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir which are my personal favorite styles of each varietal. Think of it like Burgundy in California, where the wines exercise a certain restraint yet exude an incredible sense of place and character.

Despite Gary Farrell having sold his namesake winery in 2004, its clear that Gary Farrell Winery has not lost it’s way under the leadership of The Vincraft Group. It still maintains many of the established relationships with growers in the Russian River Valley. These relationships are incredibly vital in this business, as is having a respected winemaker: Theresa Heredia.

Theresa is new at Gary Farrell Winery as of 2012 and was recently named “Winemaker to Watch” by the San Francisco Chronicle. If this Gary Farrell Russian River Chardonnay is any indication she is certainly on the right track.

Gary Farrell Chardonnay


La Finca Malbec Review | Trader Joe’s

La Finca Malbec | Trader Joe’s Wine

La Finca Malbec

If you recall from my recent review of the Grifone Primitivo I am on the hunt for the best wine values in the Trader Joe’s Wine Section. According to their in-store wine specialist the Grifone Primitivo topped the list and the second best value available is today’s feature: the La Finca Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina.

The La Finca Malbec is produced from the vineyards of Finca La Cecilia which lie in the foothills of the Argentine Andes. While the increasingly popular Malbec varietal might trace it’s roots to the Cahors region of Southern France, it is Argentina that has succeeded in resurrecting Malbec.

They have brought it into the spotlight and subsequently the shopping carts of consumers all over the world today. Today there are many great Argentinean Malbec options available which represent great value, but how about the La Finca Malbec? For the price of a Venti Latte, how good could the La Finca Malbec really be? I must admit that I am somewhat skeptical!

La Finca Malbec

Appearance: Medium purplish-red, but not quite as dark as most Malbec’s.

Nose: A nice nose with notes of raspberry, sweet plum, blackberry, menthol and toasted oak.

On the palate: This is medium bodied with a core of juicy red fruit. There are raspberry, plum and sour cherry notes making way to licorice and new wood. This isn’t terribly complex nor is the mouthfeel incredibly refined but it is altogether drinkable and has decent Malbec personality. The finish is light, spicy and a bit astringent (due to high acidity).

Varietal Composition: Malbec

Vintage: 2013

Origin: Mendoza, Argentina

Value Rating:  4.5 / 5     

Where I got it: Trader Joe’s (Clarendon, Virginia)

Price: $4.49

Score: 83

Should you buy? Although priced like a Venti Latte, the La Finca Malbec is actually pretty decent for the money. It isn’t perfect, but it makes a nice inexpensive option to enjoy at the dinner table.

La Finca Malbec

Value Proposition | La Finca Malbec

Oak aging is a notoriously expensive proposition and the La Finca Malbec has seen three months in oak. The oak treatment is very perceptible and likely fills out the wine a bit more than if it hadn’t seen any time in oak. Having said that, it isn’t overwhelmingly oaky by any means.

I initially tasted the La Finca Malbec and then enjoyed a glass with dinner and then tasted again afterwards without any food. This wine has a pretty sharp acidity which makes the finish a bit astringent when sipping alone. But the core is nice and juicy with decent fruit making this a great wine to enjoy with food. High acid wines are lower in alcohol (13% in this case) and go great with a meal and this bargain Malbec is no exception.

The bottom line is that the La Finca Malbec is yet another good value wine in the Trader Joe’s Wine Section and for just the price of a Latte one that I would enjoy again with food in the future. And while your Latte is probably grossly overpriced, you can rest assured you’re not overpaying for the La Finca Malbec.


Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank

Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank

Conn Valley Vineyards

On my most recent trip to Napa and Sonoma in October I had the good pleasure of meeting up with fellow wine blogger Beth Smith, a.k.a Traveling Wine Chick. Beth and I had connected when she came across my previous review of the 2011 Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank. It was an excellent wine and one of my favorites from the Conn Valley Vineyards portfolio from when I tasted there. It also happens to be one of the best values in the portfolio.

With the 2012 vintage being heralded as a hallmark vintage, Beth was excited and gracious enough to share this new release with me. As a big fan of the wines being produced at Conn Valley Vineyards, I couldn’t wait to try the 2012 Right Bank.

We had the good pleasure of sharing a bottle over a tasty dinner at Kitchen Door in downtown Napa after a long day of travel. Needless to say it was a real pleasure to enjoy some great wine in great company! Beth insisted that I take a bottle home with me to review and I’m glad I did…

Conn Valley Vineyards

Appearance: A dark, brilliant garnet red.

Nose: A very aromatic wine likely from the high concentration of Cabernet Franc. It bursts from the glass with floral notes of lavender and potpourri as well as black cherry, leather and smoke.

On the palate: The 2012 Right Bank is initially quite full and juicy yet with good structure. It is markedly more ripe and authoritative than the 2011 Right Bank. Notes of lavender, raspberry and black cherry make way to leather, truffle, dusty cocoa and baking spices. This has excellent purity and good length. While the tannins are still noticeably present, they are finely grained and supportive without overwhelming the palate.

Varietal Composition: 67% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot

Vintage: 2012

Origin: Napa Valley, California

Value Rating:  4.5 / 5     

How I got it: A gift from Traveling Wine Chick

Price: $60

Score: 95

Should you buy? Yes. If you regularly shop for wine in this price range, then you owe it to yourself to try the 2012 Right Bank. If you don’t, this would make a terrific splurge bottle to celebrate with. How could you not try Napa Valley’s take on the legendary Cheval Blanc?

Conn Valley Vineyards

Value Proposition - Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards Right Bank 2012

While the 2011 was also a complex, well-made wine, the 2012 is a bigger, richer Right Bank that is drinking very well now but will be exciting to revisit in say 5 years time. For it’s richness and depth it never feels heavy or overpowering. You just keep wanting to come back for more of the 2012 Right Bank, and it doesn’t need a meal to be thoroughly enjoyed.

The 2012 Right Bank is also a more likely to remind you of the Cheval Blanc of the Right Bank of Bordeaux for which it was originally styled after. More on how the Right Bank came to be at Conn Valley Vineyards HERE.

Like Cheval Blanc it is composed predominantly of Cabernet Franc at 67% while the 2011 Right Bank made use of a predominantly Merlot composition at 78%. The result is a 2012 Right Bank that marries power and richness with an elegant and delicately floral personality. It’s just delicious and well worth the price and would make a great bottle for when you’re celebrating something special. Plus if you join the wine club or mailing list, the Right Bank can be had at a nice discount and let’s not forget that it’s still a whole lot less expensive than a bottle of Cheval Blanc!

Conn Valley Vineyards


Best Champagne and Sparkling Wine Values

May Your Holidays Sparkle In More Ways Than One!

With the holidays and the New Year rapidly approaching, everyone is looking for the Best Champagne and Sparkling Wine Values and you’ve come to the right place! This list represents the best champagne and sparkling wines I’ve recently tasted. You can actually find these in stores – and they all cost under $50.

The following wines run the gamut from a prestigious yet under-the-radar Champagne to inexpensive, more easy going bubblies from Italy and Spain. Whatever Champagne or Sparkling wine value you choose to celebrate with, it should offer depth, complexity and nuance with a touch of elegance and the wines on this list do just that and are the Best Champagne and Sparkling Wine Values I’ve come across!

- Number One – Best Champagne and Sparkling Wine Values -

best champagne

Champagne Delamotte Brut – At under $45, Champagne Delamotte is the insiders Champagne you haven’t heard about but need to know about. The sister wine of the vaunted and incredibly expensive Salon Champagne, it offers salon quality at a Hair Cuttery price!

- Number Two – Best Champagne and Sparkling Wine Values -

Best Champagne

Costco Champagne – Real Champagne, made by a reputable and well-known Champagne producer. At under $20 Costco Champagne is a Must Buy and potentially one of the best champagne values around.

- Number Three – Best Champagne and Sparkling Wine Values -

Best Champagne

Roederer Estate Brut – You’ll think it’s Champagne until you find out how little the Roederer Estate Brut costs! The Roederer Estate Brut is one of my perennial favorite sparkling wine values, made in California by the folks who make the prestigious and widely recognized Cristal Champagne.

- Number Four – Best Champagne and Sparkling Wine Values -

Best Champagne

La Marca Prosecco – At under $11 the elegant La Marca Prosecco is easy to open and even easier to enjoy! It’s elegant and understated in it’s approach and would make an excellent aperitif or could be enjoyed throughout the day.

- Number Five – Best Champagne and Sparkling Wine Values -

Best Champagne

Lunetta Prosecco – Ringing in at under $10 this refreshing, fun and fruity Italian sparkler is as big on value as it is on personality!

- Number Six – Best Champagne and Sparkling Wine Values -

Best Champagne

Rondel Brut Cava – Widely available for under $9, this Spanish Cava is likely to become your go-to Champagne alternative. I was pretty surprised by the low price point on this one and if you’re looking for a well-made bargain, this is one of the Best Champagne alternatives around.

- Number Seven – Best Champagne and Sparkling Wine Values -

Best Champagne

La Granja 360 Brut Cava – At under $7 this Spanish Cava is one of the finest sparkling wine values I’ve discovered. It easily tastes like it costs twice as much as it actually does. Find the La Granja Cava in your local Trader Joe’s Wine Section.

May Your Holidays Sparkle In More Way Than One!


Champagne Delamotte

Champagne Delamotte Brut

Champagne Delamotte

If you’re anything like me, when you start to hear Christmas music,  your inner child gets excited while the grown-up part of you gets instantly stressed with everything the holiday season entails. Not the least of which entails finding elegant, well-crafted Champagne that will impress without also depressing you due to it’s price. But fortunately I may be able to help in at least this one critical area. In terms of sheer bang for the buck, the Costco Kirkland Signature Champagne I recently reviewed is an excellent option but sometimes you want something a little more special and prestigious to celebrate with. Today The Fermented Fruit is actually celebrating a small milestone itself (more on that later). These special occasions call for Champagne Delamotte.

If you haven’t heard of Champagne Delamotte yet then I’m glad you’re here. The Champagne DelamotteNon-Vintage Delamotte Champagne is produced by a small Champagne house which just happens to be the sister winery of Champagne Salon. Champagne Salon is amongst the most exclusive, expensive and sought after Champagne’s in the world. It consistently scores near perfection by professional wine critics and it’s prices average approximately ~$400 per bottle according to Wine-searcher.

So if you’re wondering why you should care about Champagne Salon it’s because while Salon is only produced in the finest vintages, Champagne Delamotte is produced every single year. What does that mean for you as a consumer? You’re more than likely getting the incredible juice that would be used to make Salon Champagne when it isn’t being used to make Salon Champagne, for less than the price of Veuve Clicquot! Shall we see how special the Champagne Delamotte really is?

Champagne Delamotte

Appearance: Pale greenish yellow with a small to medium persistent bead.

Nose: Elegant and lively with honeysuckle, baked bread, apple and Meyer lemon.

On the palate: Medium to full bodied, this is sweetly fruited yet balanced with racy acidity. There is rich fresh honeysuckle, caramel apple, white truffle, sourdough and a great oily-citrus component on the clean and lively finish.

Varietal Composition: Blanc de Blanc, 100% Chardonnay

Vintage: Non-Vintage

Origin: Vineyards located in Verzenay and Sezanne in Champagne, France

Value Rating:  4.5 / 5     

Where I got it: Whole Foods in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Price: $44.99 (Retail was $60 but this is widely available for ~ $35 according to Wine-Searcher)

Score: 92

Should you buy? Yes! If you like Salon quality at a Hair Cuttery price then Champagne Delamotte can’t be beat.

Champagne Delamotte

Value Proposition - Champagne Delamotte Brut

Remember the milestone I mentioned that The Fermented Fruit had reached? This was the first time that it had reached 10,000 views in a month! While I hope to grow The Fermented Fruit even more, this was an important start and I want to thank all of those who have visited and those who visit regularly. On that note, I wanted to celebrate with some good bubbly and the Champagne Delamotte certainly fit the bill.

It’s easy to see why Robert Parker himself calls Champagne Delamotte “…one of the best buys in exquisitely crafted Champagne.” Champagne Delamotte has good complexity with impeccable balance and great tension for the money. Even if you aren’t getting a drop of the wine that would be used to make the Salon Champagne, the Champagne Delamotte is no slouch itself. You’re still getting a great wine crafted from grapes grown in the Grand Cru village of Le Mesnil-sur-Oger. And did I mention that the house of Champagne Delamotte itself if the fifth oldest Champagne house, founded in 1760?

It might not be quite as easy to find as the ubiquitous Veuve Clicquot and Moet Chandon’s of the world, but sometimes it’s nice to drink something different, right? I mean just having a bottle of Delamotte Champagne and being able to share about it’s story and relation to sister wine Salon Champagne would make the extra effort worthwhile in my opinion! It’s an added bonus that you should be able to find it for even less than those other Champagne’s everyone has had.


Costco Champagne

Costco Champagne

Costco Champagne

If this is you’re very first visit to The Fermented Fruit then welcome and thanks for visiting! I hope you come back and visit often. If you’re one of my totally incredible regular readers though, then you probably know just how much I love sparkling wine, especially Champagne!

Despite my profound love of Champagne, I can’t bring myself to regularly spend upwards of $40 on a bottle of bubbly; hence why I drink wines like the La Marca Prosecco, Lunetta Prosecco and Roederer Estate Brut more often. But sometimes you just want to drink real Champagne so today we’re tasting an affordable option that blends both my love of Costco and Champagne: Costco Champagne!

Have you seen the Costco Wine Guide with prices and top selections?

Costco Champagne

Appearance: Straw yellow with a persistent medium bead

Nose: Perfumed, focused and bright with apple, citrus and toasted baked bread.

On the palate: Medium to full bodied, a honeyed richness makes way to notes of toasted brioche, hazelnut and ginger. It finishes lively yet creamy with a hint of orange zest and spice.

Varietal Composition: 50 % Pinot Noir, 35% Pinot Meunier and 15% Chardonnay

Vintage: Non-Vintage

Origin: Vineyards located in Verzenay and Sezanne in Champagne, France

Value Rating:  5 / 5     

Where I got it: Costco in Arlington, Virginia

Price: $19.99

Score: 92

Should you buy? Yes! Costco Champagne is unbelievably good for the money!

Costco Champagne

Value Proposition - Costco Champagne

I must admit that I had tried the Costco Champagne a while back and it was not quite this good. It was still a pretty decent bottle for the money, but this lot of Costco Champagne is simply incredible for being under $20! With the holidays quickly approaching, I have been hunting for great sparklers that can be drunk with wreckless abandon that won’t also wreck your entire holiday budget and this definitely fits the bill.

If you’re wondering how Costco Champagne, at under $20, can really be this good then allow me to let you in on the wonders of buying wine at Costco. Costco has struck a deal directly with Manuel Janisson of Janisson & Fils, a well respected Champagne house producing distinctive wines in the Grand Cru villages of Verzenay and Sezanne. He leverages his experience and contacts to source grapes from top vineyards in Champagne at incredible prices.

Costco Champagne is also produced in the traditional and more expensive ‘Champagne Method’ whereby it undergoes it’s secondary fermentation in the bottle. In addition and surely adding to the Costco Champagne’s depth and complexity, it is aged on the less for three years before disgorgement. The result is Costco Champagne for less than half the price of the ubiquitous Veuve Clicquot.

So go ahead and try a bottle of Costco Champagne! If you’re concerned that your guests will be put off by the label, either cover the label (as is tradition anyway) with a cloth or napkin or pour the wine before serving them. Think of how much fun it could be challenging your guests to guess which great Champagne producer they are sampling today?

Costco Champagne

 


Grifone Primitivo Review | Trader Joe’s

Grifone Primitivo 2012

Grifone Primitivo

While checking out the incredible wine selections at Trader Joe’s I asked the knowledgeable wine specialist on staff what he thought were the absolute top values and the Grifone Primitivo was at the very top of the list. Out of hundreds of wines, the Grifone Primitivo topped the list you say? And so I had to try it myself…

Despite being called “A California Original, grown nowhere else” by wine writers in the late 1970’s , Primitivo, also known as Zinfandel, existed long before Zinfandel ever did in California. In fact, it’s origins can be traced to a single vine in the garden of an elderly lady’s Croatian Garden as early as the 15th century.

This particular example produced from old vines hails from Puglia in the ‘heel’ of southern Italy. But before you walk all over the Grifone Primitivo because of it’s modest under $5 price, let’s give it a shot…

Grifone Primitivo

Appearance: Medium garnet red

Nose: Sweet brambly red fruit, licorice, toasty oak and spice.

On the palate: Medium bodied and quite quaffable. There are notes of briary strawberries, raspberries and black cherries supported by toasty oak. While the fruit has a slight sweetness to it this finishes dry and spicy with lively acidity and just a touch of grittiness on the finish.

Varietal Composition: 100% Zinfandel

Vintage: 2012

Origin: Puglia, Italy

Value Rating:  4.75 / 5     

Where I got it: Trader Joes (Clarendon, Virginia)

Price: $4.99

Score: 85

Should you buy? Yes! While not perfect, at under $5 the Grifone Primitivo is pretty tasty and has real Zinfandel character.

Grifone Primitivo

Value Proposition - Grifone Primitivo 2012

As is often widely accepted amongst wine lovers, having a fondness for good wine is not an inexpensive hobby. It is exceedingly rare to be able to find those bottles that are easy to find and won’t break the bank. It’s even less common to have the added convenience of being able to buy them at your local grocery and when they still manage to drink above their price point at full retail!

The Grifone Primitivo does just that. At $5 per bottle this Italian gem could easily stand up to several wines that cost $9 to $10. If it weren’t for the slightly gritty finish, this would have scored even higher. And while I don’t expect this to be an age-worthy wine, the finish could certainly mellow out with a bit more time in the bottle. Having said that, this still makes a great weeknight sipper or would serve you very well with a meal.

It’s easy to see why the Grifone Primitivo is one of the very top value wines in the Trader Joe’s Wine Section and it’s refreshing to know that if you know where to look, good wines can still be had on the cheap!


Guide to Trader Joes Wine Prices With Top Selections

An Informal Guide to Trader Joes Wine Prices

Top Picks – and- Current Selections

Trader Joes Wine Prices

Does Trader Joes come to mind when you think of places to shop for wine? Or do you instantly associate it with cheap bulk wine like the Charles Shaw ‘Two Buck Chuck’ which Trader Joes sells exclusively?

While Trader Joe’s may have forged their reputation in the wine marketplace with the success of ‘Two Buck Chuck’, things have certainly evolved from there. And while the ‘Two Buck Chuck’ is actually $3.29 now, there are lots of positive changes too. Trader Joes has become a compelling source for wine values sourced from prominent wine regions around the world. The breadth of their selection and the sheer number of wines priced in the $5 to $10 range is unmatched.

I have been Shopping for Wine at Costco for years and enjoying the excellent wine deals they have, but Trader Joes is still somewhat new to me and I look forward to exploring their portfolio more. Based on what I have seen, it seems that Costco is a better place for buying mid-level to high end commercial wines. These are great for gifts or celebrating.

Traders

Trader Joes seems to be a better place to shop for your weeknight wines or daily drinkers, when you want a nice bottle but the label needn’t impress and it shouldn’t be expensive. Trader’s is also a good place to shop when you’re not sure what you’re looking for or might need some assistance selecting a bottle. While I was checking out the Trader Joes Wine Section an enthusiastic and knowledgeable associate, Colin, gladly helped me navigate the copious selections. This is not something you’re going to find at Costco, and you don’t need a membership at Trader Joes!

So while it seems that Trader Joes is still primarily a source for value-oriented wines, their portfolio and quality has improved markedly. And they also offer a decent selection of mid-level wines and a few splurge wines as well, varying by location. They do not publish these selections so I hope you find the following Guide to Trader Joes Wine Prices With Top Selections helpful!

Trader Joes Wine

Champagne and Sparkling Wines – Trader Joes Wine Prices

  • Albero Brut Cava, $7.99
  • Bouvet Signature Brut, $12.99
  • Canella Bellini, $10.99
  • Charles de Fere Cuvee Jean Louis, $7.99
  • Charles de Marques Champagne, $19.99 - Recommended
  • Ernest Rapeneau Champagne 375ml, $10.99
  • Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava, Spain, $8.99
  • Jaume Serra Cristalino Brut Cava, $8.99 - Recommended (Wine Spectator BEST VALUE)
  • Jaume Serra Cristalino Rose Cava, $8.99
  • Korbel Brut California Sparkling Wine, $8.99 – Recommended
  • La Granja 360 Brut Cava, $6.99 - Recommended
  • Louise d’ Estree Brut, $7.95
  • Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne, $49.99
  • Piper-Heidsieck Brut Cuvee, $45.99
  • R.S.V.P. Brut, $5.95
  • Schloss Biebrich Sekt, $5.49
  • Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc, $29.99 - Recommended
  • Schramsberg Blanc de Noirs, $29.99 - Recommended
  • Secco Cranberry, $4.99
  • Secco Frizzante, $4.99
  • Trader Joe’s Blanc de Blanc Brut, $5.99
  • Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne, $49.99
  • Vueve Clicquot Rose Champagne, $59.99

Domestic White Wine – Trader Joes Wine Prices

  • Blue Fin Riesling, $4.49
  • Bogle Sauvignon Blanc, $9.49
  • Charles Shaw Sauvignon Blanc, $3.29
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris, $9.99
  • Estancia Pinot Grigio, $10.99
  • Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc, $12.99
  • Francis Ford Coppola Sauvignon Blanc, $10.99
  • Green Fin Pinot Grigio, $4.99
  • Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc / Viognier, $14.99 - Recommended
  • Trader Joes Coastal Sauvignon Blanc, $4.99
  • Trader Joes Petite Reserve Viognier, $7.99
  • Venetian Moon Pinot Grigio, $5.99

Domestic Chardonnay – Trader Joes Wine Prices

  • Baron Herzog Kosher Chardonnay, $11.99
  • Black Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay, $6.99
  • Blue Fin Chardonnay, $4.49
  • BV Coastal Chardonnay, $8.99
  • Charles Shaw Chardonnay, $3.29
  • Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay, $12.99
  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay, $8.99 - Recommended
  • Clos du Bois Chardonnay, $11.99
  • Dark Horse Chardonnay, $7.95
  • Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Chardonnay, $10.99
  • Green Fin Chardonnay, $4.99
  • Kendall Jackson Vintners Reserve Chardonnay, $12,99
  • Kunde Sonoma Chardonnay, $12.99 - Recommended
  • La Crema Chardonnay, $18.99
  • La Femme Liberte Chardonnay, $9.95
  • Rodney Strong Chalk Hill Chardonnay, $15.99 - Recommended
  • Spiral Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay, $7.99
  • Toasted Head Chardonnay, $10.99
  • Trader Joes Grand Reserve Chardonnay, $12.99

Sauvignon Blanc – Trader Joes Wine Prices

  • Charles Shaw Sauvignon Blanc, $3.29
  • Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, $9.99 - Recommended
  • Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, $13.99
  • Picton Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, $7.99
  • Sauvignon Republic Sauvignon Blanc Stellenbosch, $7.99
  • The Pass Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, $8.99 - Recommended

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French White Wine – Trader Joes Wine Prices

  • Attitude Sauvignon Blanc, $14.99
  • Blason de Bourgogne Macon Villages Chardonnay, $7.99
  • Caves des Perriers Pouilly Fume Sauvignon Blanc, $11.99
  • Chateau des Cleons Muscadet, $6.99
  • Famille Perrin Reserve Cotes du Rhone Reserve Blanc, $9.99
  • G. Chevalier Sauternes, $12.99
  • Jacques Bourguignon Chablis, $12.99
  • Laurent Reverdy Sancerre, $12.99
  • La Croix de Maunay Vouvray, $7.99
  • La Ferme Julien Blanc, $5.99
  • La Ferme Julien Rouge Rose, $5.99
  • Lacheteau Vouvray, $6.99
  • Les Portes de Bordeaux Sauvignon Blanc, $6.99
  • Louis Jadot Macon Villages Chardonnay, $12.99 - Recommended
  • Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuisse Chardonnay, $21.99
  • Michel Leon Gewurztraminer, $9.99
  • Mouton Cadet Bordeaux Blanc, $8.99
  • Revelation Chardonnay, $5.99
  • Sauvignon de Seguin White Bordeaux, $6.99

Italian White Wine – Trader Joes Wine Prices

  • Banero Prosecco, $8.99
  • Cecilia Beretta Lugana, $9.99
  • Contadino Pinot Grigio, $5.99
  • Contadino Vivace Pinot Grigio, $5.99
  • Gavi Rosa dell’Olma Cortese, $7.99
  • Grifone Blance, $4.99
  • Grigio Luna Pinot Grigio, $5.99
  • Lambrusco Dell’Emilia Bianco, $4.99
  • Martellozzo Prosecco, $6.99
  • Mezzacorona Pinot Grigio, $7.99
  • Sara Bee Moscato, $5.99
  • Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, $20.99
  • Stella Pinot Grigio, $7.99
  • Villa Cerrina Chardonnay / Pinot Grigio, $4.99
  • Villa Sonia Pinot Grigio 1.5L, $5.99

French Red Wine – Trader Joes Wine Prices

  • Blason de Bourgogne Pinot Noir, $7.99
  • Caves du Fournalet Cotes du Rhone, $5.99
  • Chateau Citran Haut Medoc, $24.99
  • Chateau Haut Sorillon Bordeaux Superieur, $8.99
  • Chateau de la Riviere Fronsac, $15.99
  • Chateau Greysac Medoc, $19.99 - Recommended
  • Chateau Labrousse Blay Cotes de Bordeaux, $8.99
  • Chateau Langlade Medoc, $8.99
  • Chateau Poyanne Bordeaux Cotes de Bourg, $5.99
  • Chateau Roudier Saint Emilion, $12.99
  • Chateau de Seguin Prestige, $10.99
  • Clos La Gaffeliere Saint Emilion Grand Cru, $24.99 - Recommended
  • Domaine Sainte Croix Syrah / Merlot, $4.99
  • Laurent Dublanc Cotes du Rhone, $6.99
  • Le Dauphin d’ Olivier Grand Vin de Graves, $19.99
  • Le Fiarre du Pape Chateuneuf du Pape, $19.99
  • Les Portes de Bordeaux Fronsac, $9.99
  • Les Portes de Bordeaux Haut Medoc, $6.99
  • Les Portes de Bordeaux Montagne Saint Emilion, $9.99
  • Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages, $10.99
  • Louis Latour Marsannay, $18.99
  • Mouton Cadet Rouge, $8.49 - Recommended
  • Perrin Cotes du Rhone Reserve, $9.99
  • Revelation Cabernet / Merlot, $5.99
  • Valreas Cotes du Rhone, $6.49

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Italian Red Wine – Trader Joes Wine Prices

  • Banfi Chianti Classico, $14.99
  • Barren & Rovati Barbaresco Riserva, $20.99
  • Barren & Rovati Barolo, $19.99
  • Casa Rossa Rosso, $7.99
  • D’Aquino Brunello di Montalcino, $19.99
  • D’Aquino Chianti DOCG, $4.99
  • D’Aquino Chianti, $9.99
  • Davinci Chianti, $10.99
  • Epicuro Nero D’Avola, $5.99
  • Epicuro Salice Sentino, $5.99
  • Grifone 1967 Toscana Rossa, $5.99
  • Grifone Chianti Riserva, $5.99
  • Grifone Primitivo Puglia, $4.99 - Recommended
  • Grifone Sangiovese, $4.99
  • Il Tarocco Chianti Classico, $9.99
  • Incanto Vino Nobile de Montepulciano, $10.99
  • Incanto Chianti Classico Riserva, $10.99
  • Piccini Chianti, $8.99
  • Reggiano Lambrusco Rosso Dulce, $4.99
  • Rocca dell’Olmo Barolo, $14.99
  • Ruggero di Tasso, $4.99
  • Tommolo Montepulciano Organic, $5.99
  • Trentatre Rosso, $6.99 - Recommended
  • Villa Cerrina Montepulciano, $4.99

Cabernet Sauvignon (Domestic) – Trader Joes Wine Prices

  • Badger Mountain Organic Cabernet, $13.99
  • Baron Herzog Paso Robles Cabernet, $11.99
  • Beringer Cabernet, $7.99
  • Blackstone Cabernet, $8.99
  • Bogle Cabernet, $9.99
  • Bonterra Organic Cabernet, $11.99
  • Caretaker Cabernet, $9.99
  • Caymus 2012 40th Anniversary Cabernet, $59.99 -Recommended
  • Chateau St. Jean Cabernet, $12.99
  • Columbia Crest Two Vines Cabernet, $7.99
  • Dark Horse Cabernet, $7.99
  • Green Fin Cabernet, $4.99
  • Liberte Cabernet Paso Robles, $9.99
  • Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet, $13.99 - Recommended
  • Overlake Cabernet, $8.99
  • Raymond Hill Cabernet 1.5L, $7.99
  • Ravenswood Cabernet, $9.99
  • Rex Goliath Cabernet, $5.49
  • Robert Hall Cabernet Paso Robles, $17.99
  • Spiral Cellars Cabernet Napa Valley, $9.99
  • Trader Joes Grand Reserve Yountville Cabernet, $12.99
  • Velvet Moon Cabernet, $5.99

Red Blends (Domestic) – Trader Joes Wine Prices

  • Apothic Red, $9.99
  • Cocobon Red Blend, $6.99 – Recommended
  • Dark Horse Red Blend, $7.99
  • Dearly Beloved I Thee Red Blend, $7.99
  • Estancia Meritage Paso Robles, $21.99
  • Green Fin, $3.99
  • Francis Ford Coppola Claret, $14.99
  • Menage a Trois, $8.99 - Recommended
  • Toasted Head Untamed Red, $10.99
  • Trader Joes Alexander Valley Reserve Red Blend, $10.99
  • Trader Joes Grand Reserve Napa Valley Meritage, $12.99
  • Trader Joes Dry Creek Valley GSM Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre, $9.99
  • Trader Joes Mendocino County Barbera, $10.99
  • Trader Joes Reserve Meritage Paso Robles, $9.99
  • Tres Pinos Cuvee, $5.99
  • Tribunal Red Blend, $9.99

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Pinot Noir (Domestic)Trader Joes Wine Prices

  • A to Z Pinot Noir, $18.99
  • Beringer Pinot Noir, $7.99
  • Black Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir, $6.99
  • Blackstone Pinot Noir, $8.99
  • Blue Fin Pinot Noir, $4.99
  • Bogle Pinot Noir, $10.99
  • Caretaker Central Coast Pinot Noir, $9.99
  • Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir, $11.99
  • Coppola Diamond Collection Pinot Noir, $15.99
  • Deloach Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, $20.99 - Recommended
  • Echelon Pinot Noir, $7.99
  • Erath Pinot Noir, $18.99
  • Estancia Pinot Noir, $12.99
  • Kings Ridge Pinot Noir, $14.99
  • La Crema Pinot Noir, $21.99
  • Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir, $5.99
  • Raymond Hill Pinot Noir 1.5L, $7.99
  • Rex Goliath Pinot Noir, $5.49
  • Trader Joes Growers Reserve Pinot Noir, $6.99
  • Trader Joes Reserve Arroyo Grande Valley Pinot Noir, $9.99
  • Vintjs Wilamette Valley Pinot Noir, $8.99
  • Wild Horse Pinot Noir, $15.99

Merlot (Domestic)Trader Joes Wine Prices

  • Alexander & Fitch Merlot, $6.99
  • Blackstone Merlot, $8.99
  • Black Mountain Vineyard Merlot, $6.99
  • Blue Fin Merlot, $4.99
  • Bogle Merlot, $8.99
  • BV Coastal Merlot, $8.99
  • Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Merlot, $12.99
  • Napa River Merlot, $5.99
  • Purple Moon Merlot, $5.99
  • Red Diamond Merlot, $8.99
  • Trader Joes Coastal Merlot, $4.99
  • Trader Joes Growers Reserve Merlot, $4.99

Zinfandel (Domestic)Trader Joes Wine Prices

  • Baron Herzog Zinfandel, $11.99
  • Bogle Zinfandel, $9.99
  • Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel, $16.99
  • Cline Zinfandel, $10.99
  • Francis Ford Coppola Red Label Zinfandel, $10.99
  • Old Moon Zinfandel, $5.99
  • Peachy Canyon Zinfandel, $12.99
  • Rosenblum Vintners Cuvee Zinfandel, $9.99
  • Stonehedge Zinfandel, $9.99
  • Trader Joes Russian River Zinfandel, $9.99
  • Truant Old Vine Zinfandel, $10.99
  • Vintjs Zinfandel, $7.99

La Finca Malbec

Argentinian Wines – Trader Joes Wine Prices

  • Alamos Malbec, $8.99
  • Gascon Malbec, $12.99
  • La Finca Cabernet
  • La Finca Malbec, $4.49 - Recommended
  • La Finca Tempranillo, $4.49
  • Los Vascos Cabernet, $9.49
  • Norton Malbec, $8.99
  • Romance Red, $7.99
  • Smoking Loon Cabernet, $7.99
  • Smoking Loon Pinot Noir, $7.99

Chilean Wines – Trader Joes Wine Prices

  • Panilonco Chardonnay / Viognier Blend, $4.99
  • Panilonco Merlot / Malbec Blend, $4.99
  • Santa Rita Cabernet, $10.99
  • Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc, $8.99
  • Vinas Chilenas Chardonnay, Cabernet, Merlot, & Sauvignon Blanc, $4.49

Spanish Wines – Trader Joes Wine Prices

  • Albero Organic Bobal Rose, $5.99
  • Albero Organic Monastrell, $6.99
  • Albero Organic Tempranillo, $5.99
  • Encuentro Bobal, $6.99
  • La Granja 360 Tempranillo, $3.99
  • La Granja 360 Garnacha / Tempranillo Blend, $4.99
  • La Mano Mencia Roble, $5.99
  • Marques de Caceres Rioja, $8.99
  • Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza, $13.99
  • Marques de Riscal Reserva Rioja, $19.99
  • Monte Ducay Reserva Red Blend, $6.99
  • Terrenal Chardonnay, $4.99
  • Terrenal Tempranillo, $4.99

Other Wines – Trader Joes Wine Prices

  • Espiral Vinho Verde, $4.99 - Recommended
  • Espiral Vinho Rose, $4.99
  • Lazy Bones Cabernet Franc, $6.99
  • Nurnberger Gluhwein ‘Glow Wine’, $5.99 - Recommended
  • Trader Joes Grand Reserve Petite Sirah, $5.49

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