Rutherford for $15! A new wine in the Platinum Reserve line, the Trader Joe’s Platinum Reserve Rutherford Napa County Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 88.
The Trader Joe’s Platinum Reserve Rutherford Napa County Cabernet Sauvignon is available exclusively at Trader Joe’s and sells for just $14.99.
As we noted above, this is a new Cabernet Sauvignon in the Platinum Reserve line. It goes along with the Atlas Peak and Mt Veeder Napa Valley Cabs (reviews coming soon) and the recent Knights Valley Cab. It’s evidently so new that even the Trader Joe’s employees didn’t know it existed until it showed up in the store, which lucky for us was the night before we happened to stop by.
There’s no info on label except that like a lot of the Trader Joe’s wines, it is vinted and bottled by Avid Winery, Sebastopol, CA. It has 14.6% Alcohol.
One of the things I love about wine is experiencing how a it changes as it ages, or even as it has time to breathe after being opened. This wine is a perfect example. Here’s pretty much how it went down when trying this one:
- First impression, it’s ok. I’m not as blown away as I was hoping but it’s still pretty nice for the price.
- After about 30 minutes, maybe it’s a little better than I thought, let’s give it some more air!
- After an hour, hey this is indeed getting better.
- After 1.5 hours, well, well, what do we have here?
- After 2 hours, now this is what I’m talking about!
The 2017 Trader Joe’s Platinum Reserve Rutherford Napa County Cabernet Sauvignon Lot 88 begins with a really wonderful aroma of black cherry and assorted red fruits, spice, licorice and lots of mint. Taking a sip shows lots of smooth, dark fruit on the savory palate along with really well integrated spice. Excellent touches of vanilla and more mint lead into dry, very long, grippy finish with maybe just a hint of the famous Rutherford dust. If you drink it now, give it plenty of time to breathe or just let it get some more age in the bottle.