Trader Joe’s Coastal Merlot 2010

Trader Joe’s: $3.99

Aaron:  Teri hits the nail on the head with this one: standard but nothing too spectacular.  I smelled earthy notes of spice mixed with fruit on the nose and felt that the “mediumness” of the body characterized the entire wine (yes I made up the word mediumness … expect to see it frequently throughout my posts from now on).  The flavor included sweet, ripe fruits that played on the fringe of jammy but what really highlighted the quality of this wine was the tingling sensation that I normally taste when drinking carbonated water.  79 points

Teri: Trader Joe’s made a standard merlot but nothing too spectacular. The smell is faint with hints of dark cherry and spice. The flavors of the wine carry red but slightly tart fruits with medium tannins and a spice taste that lingers on the tongue. 78 points

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