Trader Joe’s is a little bit of a drive away from me so when I go, I generally stock up on affordable wine because… well, if I can have a somewhat decent wine at a reasonable price, why not? This is what Wine of the Week is about anyway- finding
cheap affordable wines that you can actually drink.
So when I go, I’ll buy enough to make my wine rack look somewhat full and I work my way through the rack every subsequent week, trying one or two. The issue is, that it’s always hit or miss. Sometimes I find some great wines, and sometimes they’re not so great. In fact, I’ve had wines that weren’t even worthy of one of my entertaining reviews because I couldn’t find a single thing positive to say about them. This happens more often than not, and I don’t like to be the kind of person who spreads negativity (rememeber my post on Karma?).
But every now and then, I have to let you guys know what’s what. Again- this is the whole point of Wine and Lavender- to save you time and money when it comes to buying affordable wines. You might remember from this past Thanksgiving a wine that I applauded, a Beaujolais Villages that I liked. Well, it’s been a while and I decided it was time to try another….
In this 18th Edition of Wine and Lavender’s Wine of the Week, we will be exploring:
J.L. Quinson Beaujolais Villages
Trader Joe’s Price: $7.99
Sight: On the slightly lighter side of red… but still rich looking.
Smell: Cherry, cherry, cherry!!! It smells very good and a little sweet. There may also be some cranberry hiding in there.
Taste/First Impression: Tart cranberry that rolls off so very smoothly. I’ve had wines the complete opposite of this, and I have to say that I enjoy this much more. It’s definitely not as sweet as it smells.
After taste: It leaves a dull and dry-ish taste that lingers. It’s not horrible, but not pleasant.
The Experience: Overall, I was pretty excited to try this one because of the sweet scent that was coming from it. However, after a tart beginning it transformed into bland that ended with a bad aftertaste. Definitely a $5 bottle, but priced a bit higher. I was not impressed.
The Next Day: I ended up giving my husband (who didn’t mind this wine at all) the rest of my glass. In all honesty, I didn’t want to take in the extra calories if it wasn’t worth it.
The Label: “…his wine has good aromatic persistence.” Yep. And that’s about it.
Alc. %: 13
Rating: 2 I’ve had worse, but I definitely wasn’t happy with this one.
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I’m sorry, Quinson Beaujolais Villages, but there are better wines out there. 🙁 Check out Jason Stephens Merlot, or if you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, I encourage you to check out Kissing Tree Vineyards White Merlot.
Do you have a favorite Beaujolais Villages? Let me know in the comments below!