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Aaron: Wow … I was so impressed with this blend from start to finish! A lot of people may criticize blends – and honestly I’m not normally a fan – but this was fantastic. The nose was sharp but sublte with only the faintest hint of berries. As I’ve come to find, my nose generally has nothing to do with my palate and it was never more true than at the first sip of this Cocobon. The soft, mild tannins were completely overpowered by the luscious flavors of vanilla and chocolate. This powerful combination then melted into a blueberry finish with just a hint of bite to help the flavor linger on in the mouth. If I had to put one word to this blend: drinkable. 94 points
Teri: This is an amazing buy from Trader Joes. This red wine carries a complexity to please most wine drinkers with a price that will fit almost any budget. The smell carries dark raspberries with vanilla and the flavor is even better. At first you taste a rich full flavor of red fruits then it moves to rich vanilla and smooth coco flavors with a smooth finish. Share it with friends of enjoy it yourself. This bottle should please a majority of wine drinkers. 92 points
I know very little about wine, but I have to say, my wife and I both tried this one and we both think there's a distinct bit not necessarily unpleasant taste of campfire. Is this normal? A bad bottle? Or is that the tannin flavor? It's quite smoky.
Thanks for your insight, Mark. We always appreciate readers sharing their opinions. In regards to you campfire flavor, that's an excellent description which notes the subtle difference between “smoke” and “something more” (we might steal that from you!).
As far as this being good or bad, that's all up for interpretation. Some people really like smokey wines and most tasting notes (in the store) will include smoke flavors if they're there. Like most flavors, this is derived from both the fermentation process and the soil the grapes were grown in.
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– Aaron and Teri
I for one happen to adore this wine. I prefer fruit forward wines and to me this definitely fits the bill. This is a wine I can sip on daily. ( I don't, but….) It is smooth and easy to drink. I like to enjoy a glass while making dinner. Thumbs up all the way on this beautiful blend in my opinion!!
Thank you for your comment! We appreciate your opinion. As our ratings show we also greatly enjoy this wine and are also fans of fruit forward wines. You may want to check out our wines in the 90+ category. Most of these will also fall into the fruit forward category and may be to your liking.
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– Aaron and Teri
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