Another inexpensive red blend from Trader Joe’s.
2009 Tres Pinos San Luis Obispo County Three Pines Cuvée Red Wine, $4.99 at Trader Joe’s.
From the bottle:
Three Pines Cuvée Red is a blend of Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. San Luis Obispo County is located along California’s beautiful coast. It’s a big, jammy wine that’s bursting with black cherry and raspberry flavors. Enjoy Three Pines Cuvée Red with all your favorite pasta dishes, risottos, grilled meats, and flavorful cheeses.
We found the Three Pines Cuvée to be a good wine for the price, but nothing all that special. It exhibited jammy, cherry notes on the nose, followed by some coarse tannins with a bit of spice, but it was a bit watery as well. It also has a little bit of heat, which seems odd since it is only 13% alcohol. The finish is on the dry side with a really slight tobacco like taste which I did not like, but it was almost unnoticeable so not a big deal. Overall, simple and easy to drink at $4.99. It seemed smoother on day two so I would run this one through the Vinturi before drinking.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.
Overall Rating: 7.0
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