Here is another Trader Joe’s 5 buck wonder wine. The 2009 Terrenal (means Earthy) Tempranillo (51%)/Garnacha(49%) is hand harvested and Estate bottled from grapes grown in the Carinena region of Spain.The Terrenal is a Kosher wine, but not Mevushal (that is an additional process where they boil the wine). These are the types of wine that you can buy in Spain for a few Euros, they are inexpensive, everyday wines, but well made, they know their wine in Spain, so it has to be pretty good or they will not buy it. The alcohol content is 13.5%.
The color is a ruby red with black highlights. The nose is maraschino cherries, blueberry jam, cocoa powder and a little tea. The Terrenal starts out with bright sweet cherry that quickly changes to blackberry, cassis and licorice. There are nice flavors, but the wine comes off as a bit on the watery side. The mid-palate brings chocolate ganache and some spice, the finish is cassis and chocolate, but it gives up a little too soon.
The Terrenal Tempranillo/Garnacha is a pretty nifty everyday food wine, tastes good, has enough acidity and structure to stand up to most things cooked on the outdoor grill and works great sharing a bottle with the neighbors while sitting out on the patio. It has it’s flaws, but the $4.99 price tag goes a long way to making up for most of them. To top it off, it is one of the cheapest Kosher wines on the market, so it even pairs well with unleavened bread.