Wine review: Trader Joes 2006 Chardonnay

Rating
Well priced
Winery
Trader Joes
Vintage
2006
Grape
Chardonnay
Where
California, USA
Price
$5.00
Buy at
Trader Joes
This wine is good for...
a house party
weekend fun
relaxing at home

Jon says... Well Priced

Smooth, clean and tasty. Nothing special of course, but it’s not half bad. It’s got a good mix of fruit flavors with some strong oak that comes in at the end.

Trader Joe’s is trying to ride the “Coastal” wave started by Beaulieu Vineyards a few years ago. “Coastal” does not mean that the grapes were grown along the coast. In this case, I think the were probably from California’s Central Valley. Instead, “Coastal” indicates a smoother, lighter style of wine. While wine geeks will turn their nose up at “Coastal” wines, the other 99% of the world will ask for a second glass.

Ted says... Well Priced

This is a well made Chardonnay that is typical across the board, nothing fancy. Trader Joes is known for great cheap products and this wine lives up to that. On the nose I’m getting some nice, but subtle fruity notes of apple, pineapple and melon. The finish is smooth and just a tad bit oaky, giving the wine a hint of structure that will hold up to stronger fish or chicken dishes. This wine is all about subtly and if you’re just venturing into Chardonnay, it’s a great starter.


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