tj gran reservaAnother iteration in Trader Joe’s Grand Reserve line up of upper tier budget wines. This one is fine but it’s mood is downbeat.

Ripe dark fruit, dried fig, hints of warm spices and dusty earth aromas provide complexity, but there isn’t much intensity or life. Vanilla emerges with more air. It’s very laid back. At least there are no green, vegetal notes.

On the palate it’s not broad and dimensional enough to be lush but it is smooth with a layer of velvet fruit over supportive, unobtrusive tannins and a short finish exposing oak flavors. Very low acidity contributes to the impression of  lethargy. This is an easy drinker with plenty of flavor but a bit sullen and morose.

Highly recommended for those suicidal moments.

Score: 86

Price: $12

Alc: 14.5%

Bat For Lashes’ The Big Sleep has a similar mood.