Bulk Buy! The Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Napa Valley Meritage Lot 86.
This wine is available exclusively at Trader Joe's and sells for just $12.99.
As is typically the case with these wines, there's really no info on the label except that it was vinted and bottled by JBA Cellars and that it has 14.5% Alcohol.
Trader Joe's has a nice history of putting out some quality Napa Meritage, especially at the Grand Reserve level, so we were quite excited to give this one a try.
The 2018 Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Napa Valley Meritage Lot 86 begins with lots of ripe dark berry fruit, plenty of vanilla, plus licorice, spice and a little coffee. It's quite an oaky aroma but quite good too.
Tasting the wine reveals tons of vanilla-soaked, ripe and juicy fruit. There's certainly no shortage of flavor in this one; in fact, it's almost a bit over the top. It's also really delicious.
It ends dry, long and slightly chewy with lingering tart fruit plus vanilla, chocolate and baking spice on the finish. At this price, stock up if you see it!