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Tis week three of the Trader Joe’s wine blogging adventure!
Last week, I featured one of my go to red’s, Cocobon. The wine is easy to drink and a crowd pleaser.
This week, I ventured out of my comfort zone, and decided to try something new, just as I promised!
This week’s featured wine is “Babble”, a 2008 Red Blend containing 13.70% alcohol.
The bottle was definitely eye-catching sitting on the store’s “New Item” shelf.
The label has a picture of animals surrounding a rat with a glass of wine. The rat appears to be the connoisseur describing the wine.
”It’s an insouciant little vintage that’s both playful and brash, brawny and confident, but with just a smidgen of unctuousness that allows its provocative flavors to blend into a voluptuous tastescape-evocative of a more well-muscled wine but without the plonk one would normally associate with such a naturally grandiose and typically overstated varietal all wrapped up in a piquant finish that’s not short on opulence,” says the rat.
The description of the wine is, as the name of the wine states, all a bunch of babble. I mean this literally.
I was not too impressed with this wine when i took my first couple of sips. I was doing homework and felt that some wine would relax me a bit, except I did not get past four sips. My roommate came into my room about an hour later to see what I was up to. She saw that I was having some wine and asked to taste it when she saw my unsatisfied face.
SIDENOTE: My roommate is a fan of sweet, sparkling wines. Have you ever heard of Stella Rosa? It is a very sweet, low alcohol containing wine. My roommate NEVER likes the wines I drink.
Back to my story, she said, and I quote because I must stress how shocked I was, “Hmmm, this is not as bad as the other ones [wines] you’ve bought.”
My jaw dropped, and I glared at her because I really did not know how to respond to that. I reminded myself that everyone has their own taste in wine, but how does this make any sense?! I looked at the clock, and noticed an hour had passed since I had opened the bottle. The wine had aerated, or breathed, which can make a big difference in what a wine tastes like.
I figured that because my roommate, who cannot stand most red wines I buy, liked the wine, I had better try it again. Sure enough, the wine tasted much better after breathing for an hour.
I bet you are wondering why I originally did not like the wine. I am no expert here, but I thought that the wine was on the flat side. I do not mean flat as in a bubbly lost its bubbles; I mean flat as in the wine did not do anything for me except leave a bad flavor in my mouth.
After aerating for an hour, the wine had a softer finish and was more enjoyable to drink.
The Mendocino County Red Wine is blend of:
36% Petite Sirah
The flavors found in the wine include plum, bacon fat and blackberry preserves with considerable rounded tannins in the finish.
I would recommend this wine be consumed with dinner, not on its own.
To sum up whether I liked this wine, I will create a scenario a true Joe’s customer can relate to. Trader Joe’s customers are always heart broken when finding out about their favorite foods being discontinued. With that in mind, if this wine gets discontinued, my heart will remain in tact.
The wine is a Trader Joe’s exclusive offered at $6.99 a bottle.
I do not regret buying it, and I am glad I gave it a second chance after it aerated. It was definitely a valuable lesson.
Next week, the wine choice will be a mystery to the both of us. Maybe I will ask an employee for a suggestion? Maybe I will pick at random? Maybe I will choose something foreign?
Til then, have some wine and relax, the weekend is here.