April 30, 2012 - Fearlessly Archived - Still a fun read, price & availability may have changed.
From Paso Robles
We save our Trader Joe’s Reserve label for wines we think are really special. Wines that are exceptional examples of a particular varietal. Wines that would cost significantly more if you bought them anywhere else. Trader Joe’s Reserve Carignane and Trader Joe’s Reserve Tempranillo more than live up to all these expectations.
Carignane (pronounced “kah-ree-NYAN”) is a grape that originated in the north of Spain and is known by many names – among them Cariñena, Tinto Mazuelo and Crujillon. It’s also known primarily as a blending grape. Trader Joe’s Reserve Carignane allows this grape to shine on its own, with a vibrant color and powerful, ripe cranberry aroma. A lean mouthfeel and lively flavors make it a good partner to foods like red meat fresh off the grill. We’re selling each 750 ml bottle for $9.99.
Trader Joe’s Reserve Tempranillo is made with 100% Tempranillo grapes from the Paso region and aged 15 months in American oak casks. A licorice-rich aroma yields to lush fruit flavors with hints of aged oak and licorice. This is a wine you can drink right away, or put away for a few years to reap the benefits of aging. We’re selling each 750 ml bottle for $9.99.
*Alcohol availability & price may vary due to state laws, taxes, shipment fees & other such stuff. (If we could, we would.) Currently TJ’s Reserve Carignane & TJ’s Reserve Temparanillo are available in OR & WA for $9.99.