Wednesday, January 26, 2011
A lot of us are looking to reduce the cost of the average bottle we consume. For some, that's bringing the cost of a "daily drinker" down from $30 to $20. Or $25 to $15. Or $15 to $10. Or $10 to $6. The problem is, it's hard to find a wine that delivers any kind of excitement under $10. You're lucky to get something tasty. But interesting and exciting? Very challenging. However, I think this wine delivers - both in terms of being delicious and in terms of being interesting.
A while back I was talking about how fun it is to shop for wine at Trader Joe's. The last time I was there I picked up a few different wines at the suggestion of the wine helmsman. One was the NV (non-vintaged) La Caumette Vin de Table Français l'Authentique. I thought that wine was an undrinkable $5.99 train wreck.
Another wine I picked up was the 2008 Trentatre Rosso I cracked open tonight. I thought it was an amazingly good wine - especially given its price. The 2007 vintage of this wine was hailed by many as a great QPR (quality:price ratio) so it's not like I'm revealing a big secret. But I am solidly behind this 2008 as a value play.
Just a note for clarity - when I say I consider this wine 88 points/very good the cost of the wine doesn't play into that. Like Wine Spectator, my numerical ratings don't consider price.
2008 Trentatre Rosso
$5.99 at Trader Joe's in Framingham, MA
A round, generous Italian red with amplified markings of things I'd more readily associate with Nebbiolo-based wines. A beautiful achievement really. Distinctive clove aromas on top of warm and opulent soft red wine characteristics. A touch of acidity but a very smooth and approachable wine. The kind of wine that makes people excited about shopping for wine at Trader Joe's. Wow.
88/100 WWP: Very Good
- SF Weekly: Cheap Wines That Don't Suck: 2007 Trentatre Rosso
- Jason's Wine Blog: 2007 Trentatre Rosso
- 2008 Liberte Cabernet Sauvignon
- All of the "Value Alert" wines here on the WWP