Trader Joe’s Reserve Syrah, Mendocino County

According to the bottle, the grapes for this Trader Joe’s Syrah were organically grown and came from a single vineyard in southern Mendocino County.  The nose is bursting with ripe berries, some spice, and even some floral notes. Upon opening, the taste is a bit aggressive; after a half hour or so, the flavor really mellows out. The taste doesn’t quite measure up to what’s promised by the nose, but it’s still very good, especially for this price.

[UPDATE — April 2013]

After cellaring a bottle of this vintage for more than two years, we can report that the ripe fruit that impressed us on our initial tasting remains at the forefront. Even better, the aggressiveness that we noted in our original review has completely disappeared. This one now tastes great right from the start. Though most inexpensive wine does not benefit from bottle aging, this wine proves the exception to the rule.