Available for $14.99 exclusively at Trader Joe's. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
"Located in Chateauneuf-du-Pape since 1898, Caves Saint-Pierre is a winery whose reputation has been built on the knowledge of the vineyards along with expertise in the blending and ageing of wines for over one hundred years.
11 to 14% Alcohol"
It's rare to find a red wine from Gigondas, one of the renowned Southern Rhone Cru, for under $20. (See this post for an explanation of the Rhone Crus.) Yet somehow Trader Joe's always seems to find a way to offer discounted, yet still tasty, wines that are normally well out of our price range. Let's see if they've done it again with today's selection.
The 2012 Caves Saint-Pierre Gigondas begins with pleasant aromas of blackberry, a bit of smoke, a touch of mint, a little black pepper, plum and a little cranberry. The wine tastes quite good with nice fruit similar to the nose and a bit of an earthy note underneath. Good acidity helps to make this a nice food wine, I'd recommend pairing it with a beef stew or something similar. The wine ends dry with good length and lingering dark fruit and mineral notes. Make sure to give this one plenty of time to breathe to enjoy it at its best.