A delicious, drink me now pick from Napa Valley, the Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Rutherford Meritage Lot 100.
We're well acquainted with wine under $20 from Rutherford here at Reverse Wine Snob after reviewing multiple offerings in multiple vintages from Costco, Trader Joe's and Sam's Club. In fact, we just recently reviewed and enjoyed the Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Rutherford Cabernet as well as the Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Rutherford Cabernet.
The Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Rutherford Meritage retails for just $14.99 exclusively at Trader Joe's. As typical with these wines, there is very little information on the bottle.
4,200 Cases Produced
Cellared & Bottled by Behind The Scenes Wine Company
The 2018 Trader Joe's Platinum Reserve Rutherford Napa Valley Meritage Lot 100 opens with an inviting aroma of ripe blackberry, cola, cedar, a little spice, some dusty chocolate notes and more.
The wine tastes rich and juicy in the mouth and has plenty of fruit plus well integrated spice. I'm guessing this one has a good dollop of Petit Verdot which is just fine with us. It's not overly complex, but it is certainly a crowd pleasing blend.
It ends dry, long and a bit grippy and juicy and even has a bit of Rutherford dust.
This is delicious, drink me now wine, although it does need an hour or so to really open up.