Mini-reviews 89: The Wine Curmudgeon has questions

Mini-reviews 89Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the final Friday of each month.

This month, I have questions that the wines can’t answer.

Tasca D’Almerita Lamùri 2014 ($18, sample, 13.5%): This Italian red offers about $10 worth of Sicilian nero d’avola at twice the price, and it‘s about as Sicilian as a Paso Robles red blend. My question: Why did I get it as part of a Sicilian wine promotion when it isn’t very Sicilian?

Kono Sauvignon Blanc 2015 ($14, purchased, 13%): This New Zealand white offers $10 worth of Zealand sauvignon blanc and its citrus flavors at one-third more the price. My question: How could this vintage be so much less enjoyable than the 2012?

Les Portes de Bordeaux Rose 2015 ($10, purchased, 12.5%): This French pink wine is not exceptional, but tastes like it should (freshness, red fruit) and is yet another reason why rose is always a good value. My question: How can this be, in the history of the blog, the first Trader Joe’s wine I can recommend?

Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2015 ($10, purchased, 13%): A French red that was too tart and not very Beaujolais-ish, without any of the round and fruity flavors that should be there. My question: How can anyone at Jadot, one of the most important producers in France, think this is what this wine should taste like?

One thought on “Mini-reviews 89: The Wine Curmudgeon has questions

  • By Peter Gatti -

    To your questions re: the Trader Joe & Jadot wines…they’re buying (wine at Joe, grapes and juice at Jadot) to a price point, and since 2015 was a great vintage in both areas, the rosé, which is hard to screw up and doesn’t really need top notch grapes to make good wine, is better than usual, while in Bojo country, the great vintage meant higher cost for the raw materials, so they bought cheaper, with the perceived result. Also, Jacques Lardière is retired from Jadot; he NEVER would have contenanced that 2015 Bojo, which is pretty mediocre, having tasted it just recently.

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