OK, we had a little departure from the “budget-friendly wine” focus of this blog with my last post. So now we’re going to come swinging back with a post about a truly inexpensive selection. It’s from Raymond Hill which is evidently owned by the same company, the Bronco Wine Company, that makes the Charles Shaw line for Trader Joe’s. No surprise, I suppose, that it was cheap and that I found it at the local TJ.
Winemaker: Raymond Hill
Price: $6.99 per Magnum at Trader Joe’s
Notes: The color was a light lemon yellow. The bouquet was quite faint with honey, citrus, pear, and floral notes. Alcohol was at 12.5 %. The acidity was good, and the body was light. The flavor profile was fairly simple. I tasted citrus, pear, and dusty floral notes in the main with grapefruit and lemon grass at the finish. On the one hand, it was surprisingly not too bad for such an inexpensive selection. On the other hand, I don’t think I’d serve this to guests. If it were easy to make really good wine, more people would be doing it. The trick, of course, is the blend of the elements – the flavors, acidity, residual sugar, etc. Even though I didn’t think this was an especially refined selection, you could do worse for a cheap house white. Heck, I’ve had worse and paid more. Still, this is definitely not a connoisseur’s or serious enthusiast’s wine. (But we already knew that, didn’t we?).