A simple and jammy one, we review the Trader Joe's Reserve Wahluke Slope Syrah Lot #237, made from organically grown grapes.
This wine is a blend of 96% Syrah and 4% Merlot from the Wahluke Slope in Columbia Valley, Washington. It is made from organically grown grapes.
This wine is available exclusively at Trader Joe's and sells for $9.99.
From Trader Joe's:
Wahluke [wah-LUKE] is a Native American word for “rise.” And though Washington State’s Wahluke Slope was named long ago, it’s a particularly prescient appellation, given the fact that this region’s elevation, along with its hot, dry climate, is especially well suited for wine growing. That’s because vine vigor can be completely controlled through irrigation from the nearby Columbia River, and Trader Joe’s Reserve Wahluke Slope Syrah benefits big-time from the irrigation implementation specific to this AVA.
Blended from 96% organic Syrah and 4% Merlot, these grapes were grown in the region’s fertile, loamy soil. They yield a ruby-red juice that is sumptuous with bright, fresh herbs, and blue-fruit flavors. The discerning drinker might also detect notes of barrel spices, olives, coffee, and firewood. Ultimately, it’s an elegant and very drinkable wine.
A glass of this Syrah loves some grilled Heirloom Chicken. And TJ's Calabrian Chili Spicy Pasta Sauce mingled with our Pappardelle is likewise, a suitable partner.
Vinted and Bottled by DNA Vineyards
We're big fans of Syrah from Washington State so we were quite excited to give this one a try. Let's see how it tastes.
The 2021 Trader Joe's Reserve Wahluke Slope Syrah opens with a pleasing aroma full of ripe, jammy fruit and a little bit of spice.
Tasting reveals a simple, jammy, juicy, slightly sweet version of Syrah. It's got a nice bit of spice as well but is lacking the complexity I was expecting based on its location (Wahluke Slope). So, while I was hoping for a bit more, it's still not a bad wine for the price.
It ends mostly dry and grippy on the medium-long finish that features lots of cola notes.
2021 Trader Joe's Reserve Wahluke Slope Syrah Lot #237
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