VARIETAL: Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah
ALCOHOL PERCENTAGE: 13.5%
What can I say, it’s been waaaaayyyy too long since the last TJ Tuesday. Summer’s over and school is back in session which means we are all in need of a little wine. Even though it’s blazing hot in Middle Tennessee, I couldn’t resist a bottle of red.
Before you start googling, Maison Barboulot is not a grand chateau in France nor is it even a vineyard. It’s simply the private label Trader Joe’s uses to sell this specific wine. Given that I’m a red wine enthusiast, I couldn’t wait to pop the cork on the bottle. As I poured my first glass, I could help but notice the beautiful deep purple hue and the luscious fruit that was on the nose. If you know me at all, you know that I didn’t wait for this glass to open up before the glass hit my lips. As I enjoyed my first of many glasses, I had the following observations:
Smooth and very easy to drink… almost too easy. My first glass disappeared in a matter of minutes
Notes of cherry and blackberry
The finish was very smooth and rich. There wasn’t a harsh alcohol bite at the end
If you are a red wine enthusiast or perhaps you are looking to change up the wine that is currently in rotation, I’d recommend giving this bottle a try. For the price point, you certainly can’t go wrong, but given how easy it is to drink, it’s perfect to have while you are cooking dinner or even to have while you unwind after a day at the office. Seeing that the wine isn’t overly bold, you can have a glass or two without feeling like you’ve been punched in the face. If you pick up a bottle at Trader Joe’s, let me what you think!