Every year Trader Joe’s (at least TJ’s in CA) gets a shipment of wine in from Leonhardt Vineyards in Sonoma County. The wines generally sell for $38-48 on their website and Trader Joe’s sells them as a hustle buy for $9.99 a bottle. While I may not rush out to pay $40 for a bottle, Leonhardt’s Zinfandels are generally a good find for under $10.
Leonhardt Vineyards 2009 Vintner’s Pride Reserve Zinfandel is 100% Zinfandel from Sonoma County. It retails for $9.99 at Trader Joes and you can visit www.leonhardtvineyards.com for more information
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
Leonhardt’s Zinfandel pours a blackish purple in the glass. The nose has aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, and clove. The palate is rich and smooth with tastes of dark berries, raisin, and dark chocolate. In the finish, the wine has lingering notes of pepper and vanilla. This is an intense Zinfandel…not as versitile with food as some of my favorite Zins but a nice find for the price.
My Wine Rating- B+
Food Pairing Suggestions- pairs well with dark chocolate, carne asada tacos, or lamb shanks