A couple of misses from Trader Joe's

  • I often look for good values and Trader Joe's usually has several good wines at low prices.  I picked two recently that weren't good values.

    Woodman's White - This wine from Hungary describes itself as a mix between Sauvignon Blanc and Gewurztraminer.  Being a Gewurz fan and liking some SB's, I decided to give it a try.  The nose was rather floral and Gewurztraminer like, but it was a little too tart overall for my tastes.  At $2 a bottle, I didn't mind pouring the rest down the drain, but I didn't want to pour it down my throat.

    2005 Trader Joe's Reserve Dry Creek Zinfandel - I knew this was too good to be true, a good Dry Creek Zin for $10 a bottle.  The nose was encouraging with a nice amount of fruit.  On the palate I did get a good amount of plumy jam with hints of raspberry.  It has a nice, full body, but the middle and finish are dominated by strong tannins.  It was just too dry and dusty for me.  I could see blending this with another Zin that's a bit too fruity, but by itself it isn't that wonderful.  I'll probably drink the rest, but I won't be in a hurry to finish it.