A little serendipity can go a long way. Just the other day I was on my way to the gym … Yes, I sometimes exercise more than my drinking arm. lol Anyway, I was walking past Trader Joe’s on my way to the gym, so I decided to just drop in even though I didn’t need anything. Just a spur of the moment kind of thing. Of course, I went to the wine section to browse where I came upon a display of this Penfolds selection. Intrigued, I picked up a bottle and stood there mulling over the fact that I was looking at a Penfolds wine for $3.99 and thinking, “What gives?” That’s when a helpful staffer walked past and told me that he had tried it when it first came in. The next day, he bought a case. With that for a recommendation, I nabbed one. Before you ask, I did go to the gym afterward – with my purchase tucked away in my backpack.
Notes: This Aussie blend is made up of 77% Shiraz and 23% Cabernet Sauvignon. The color was a translucent (i.e. not cloudy) dark burgundy. The nose held aromas of pepper, earth, cedar, and dark berries. The body of this wine was medium with a nice, interesting roundness to it on the tongue. Acidity was fairly high but not what I’d call “racy,” and alcohol was at 13.5%. Tannins were medium – a definite presence yet not biting. For flavors this very budget-friendly red brought me primarily pepper, black cherry, and oak. As it wound down, the finish had more pepper, some boysenberry and a tart green flavor I couldn’t quite nail down (lemon grass is close but just not quite right). Overall I’d say this is a great value. I’m not sure why this is priced at $3.99, but that won’t stop me from going back to get more. I hope they have plenty in stock. Planning an informal party soon? Run on out and snap up some of this. Sure, it’s relatively straightforward as red wines go, but it’s completely drinkable and head and shoulders above most of the wines I’ve had at this price point. I’ll have to thank that helpful TJ staff person, too.