Sunday Night Merlot

While shopping, Kara suggested that we pick up some wine for Sunday dinner.

I was all, “Sounds good to me.”

I found this one at Trader Joe’s for five bucks…


Trader Joe’s 2011 Grower’s Reserve Merlot

I’ve always been a fan of these Trader Joe’s wines.  They almost always bring some good juice at a good value.  What made the sale for me was that this wine is certified organic.

Now let’s see what it has to offer…

Color: Dark ruby red.

Nose: This nose is quite complex.  Blackberry and plum fruits.  Green pepper.  There’s a nice minerality, and even a hint of some Sprite soda.

Taste: For five bucks, I was surprised by the density and richness of the palate.  Cranberry and blackberry fruits give way to a long acidity, and… yes… black olive.

Score: Another quality wine at a good price from Trader Joe’s.  Pick it up.  87+

While I was putting together my tasting notes, Kara made a nice, light, Sunday meal…


Mixed Green Salad w/ Lemon Vinaigrette


Roasted Tomatoes, Garlic, and Basil.  Put ’em on a nice crostini, and you’re good to go.

The Merlot and Tomato Crostini paired together quite nicely.  The tomatoes brought out a sense of fresh berries in the wine.

Not a bad wine.

Not a bad meal.

Not a bad way to spend a Sunday night.

Stay Rad,



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