When I went to Trader Joe’s to peruse their “affordable” wines (as recommended by an AWESOME wine-loving friend), I found myself running through the aisle like a kid in a candy store, picking up bottles left and right. Ten minutes into it, I had a cart full of wine topped with one toddler. I wonder what people were thinking of me, because despite all the wine bottles and the toddler, the fact that it was still morning may have left some people with questions…
I bought 18 bottles that day, and I am down to 6. Don’t judge me… yet! In my defense, that was a little over two weeks ago and we had a party in between, so… Well, that sounded better in my head, but looking at it on my screen sounds scary. I guess 12 bottles is a lot to go through in 2 weeks. You’d think I’d have 12 Wine of the Week posts to go with that, wouldn’t you? But I don’t. I guess I’ve just been lazy, but now you know why I felt it necessary to detox. Hahaha… On to the review…
In this 14th Edition of Wine and Lavender’s Wine of the Week, we’ll be exploring…
Cherry Blossom Pinot Noir 2014
Trader Joe’s Price: $3.99
Sight: SCREW TOP! How in the world did I miss that?! You know how I feel about screw tops, I’ve told you here and here. It never seems to work out for me, but there’s always that small chance… and I already bought it, so I had to give it a try. As far as the wine, itself- it’s a very deep red. It’s quite “mysterious” looking, dark, and “deep”. In all honesty, that’s kind of off-putting. I like my wine to be bright and a little on the darker side of red, but not this dark.
Smell: “Gasoline and permanent marker” is how my husband described it. I hadn’t even taken a sniff yet, and that was the idea he planted in my head. So I’m going into this tasting with the words: dark, mysterious, gasoline, and permanent marker. Hmm. So I took a sniff- and this wine is so STRONG- smelling! It’s definitely one of the strongest wines I’ve ever smelled, but the interesting part is that the smell doesn’t linger in your nostrils, or make it’s way down your throat. So that’s something positive about this mysterious wine.
Taste/First Impression: So my first sip could best be described as…. licorice. Very strong licorice, and this upsets me because I hate licorice. It was always the candy at the very bottom of the halloween bounty that signified the end of the candy feast. When licorice and Good & Plentys is all you have left, you’re done. ACTUALLY the mix of sweet and super strong makes this wine much like a liquid Good & Plenty. Ok, so it’s not HORRIBLE tasting. I will definitely finish this wine, but I won’t enjoy it as much as I wish I could.
After taste: I feel like my tastebuds have been burnt off from whatever it is that makes this mystery wine smell so strong. My tongue actually feels like it has suffered mild burns- almost like I ate my hot dinner too soon. Other than that, no nasty fumes in my throat from this “licorice” wine.
The Experience: Overall, it wasn’t that bad, but that’s probably because I’ve had worse. The smell is too strong, my tastebuds are numb, and it’s cloaked in mystery. It could very well be black licorice mixed with grape juice and spiked with vodka, for all I know.
The Next Day: Ehhhh… I wasn’t pleased that I had to deal with a mild headache. If the wine tasted good, it might, almost, be worth it- but in this case it wasn’t.
The Label: CherryBlossomCellars.com is all the information (besides the regular legal mumbo jumbo) that is listed on the back of this bottle. I decided to go ahead and visit this website, because the name on this bottle in no way suits the wine that’s inside of it. Seriously. “Cherry Blossom” is the furthest thing from describing this wine. A better name would be Glycyrrhiza glabra. (The plant from which the root is taken to make licorice). Getting back to the website- I searched the website on their label, clicked on it, it took me to Bronco Wines. From there, I was unable to find ANY information on Cherry Blosson Pinot Noir or Cherry Blossom Cellars… Mysterious, no?
Alc. %: 13.5%
Repeat: I’ve definitely had worse, and this is not bad for a $4 of wine, but I still don’t think I’ll be buying it again.
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Do you like licorice? Better yet- do you like your wine to taste like it? Have you tried this wine? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.