So on my most recent trip to Trader Joe’s I picked up three bottles of wine:
- 2003 Beaulieu Vineyard Reserve “Dulcet” (Cabernet/Syrah) | Napa Valley, CA | $19.99 (sale: $35-$40)
- 2007 Cono Sur Carmenere | Colchagua Valley, Chile | $7.99 (sale: $8.99-$10.00)
- 2007 L’Authentique Red Table Wine | France | $4.99
The last bottle was purely gratuitous. I put it into my cart because I figured it five bucks wasn’t too much to pay for a gamble. I was willing to gamble due to my previous wonderful experience with Trader Joe’s.
I’m glad it was only $4.99.
Two hints that this wine would be terrible:
- No wine worth its salt would be named “L’Authentique.”
- The back label says to store the wine horizontally, in a cool place. So that’s what I’ve been doing wrong all this time!
What a horrible wine. Flat, with a cloying sweetness that just came out of nowhere. Tannins were out of whack; thinnish body. My roommate and I each took a sip of the wine and let out audible groans.
It might have been that this particular bottle was baked–it had the “baked” qualities to it. But I don’t want to pay another five bucks to find out.
To be fair, also, some other blogs have been kinder to this wine.
Please don’t get this wine. I never thought I’d say this, but if you must, pick up a bottle of Charles Shaw instead!
(I’ll be reviewing the other bottles later!)