GREAT VALUE ALERT: Lost Sonnet Meritage | Napa Valley | California | 2007 | $10 | 84 pts

For those of you who are fortunate to have a Trader Joe’s store nearby (in a state that allows them to sell wine), try a bottle of this pleasant red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (58%), Merlot (22%), and Cabernet Franc (20%).  As you may know, Trader Joe’s business practice is to purchase food and various other products from producers around the country (and world) and sell them under it’s own (often amusing) company labels.  It does this with wine, as well, with decidedly mixed quality results.  They’ve struck success with this bottling, though, reportedly sourcing finished lots of the three constituent varieties (and having them blended) from an old, reputable winery in Yountville, Napa Valley, which recently went bankrupt and shuttered the cellar doors.  The “Lost Sonnet” moniker is Trader Joe’s label.  A blockbuster it’s not, but at $10 the wine is solid, approachable, and true to the Meritage style.  It’s also a cost-conscious way to enjoy a Cabernet-driven Napa Valley red from the 2007 vintage, which is widely considered to be among the best ever in California.

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