Review: 2011 Cocobon Red Wine Blend

For some reason, whenever I say Cocobon it makes me think of big band music, dancers with big feather headdresses, Miami Beach in the 1960s and that scene in “The Mask” when Jim Carrey does a crazy dance number. Remember that one? If not, here’s a refresher:

The 2011 Cocobon, sold at Trader Joe’s, is a stand-up red blend of Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Petit Syrah.

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Apologize for the blurriness, but that’s what happens when you stand in the main artery of the kitchen at a party. You get bumped, run into someone you want to talk to and then forget that you took a crappy photo until it’s too late.

It’s lusciously smooth with a vanilla essence. I usually enjoy spicier, bold reds, but I liked this sweet blend with its caramel and dark cherry flavors. The wine doesn’t linger too long on your tongue after a gulp, which makes you want to sip pretty quickly, a dangerous situation.

Although Cocobon is one of Trader Joe’s best sellers, I enjoyed it for the first time at a Christmas party, fit with views of downtown Los Angeles skylines and what I’ve dubbed the #millenialtree.

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Nuts and Bolts

  • Winery: Cocobon
  • Type: Red blend (Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Petit Syrah)
  • Origin: California
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Price: $8
  • Alcohol content: 12.5%
  • When to drink: On a rooftop deck with views of downtown Los Angeles, or Miami Beach, I’m not picky ­čśë

5 comments for “Review: 2011 Cocobon Red Wine Blend

  1. Paula Kimball
    December 18, 2014 at 12:15 am

    the red blend was awful! too sweet.

    • Anonymous
      March 25, 2015 at 3:00 am

      Agreed way too sweet. Maybe a good wine for sangria

  2. Paula Kimball
    December 18, 2014 at 12:16 am

    the red blend was too sweet. Not good.

  3. Jan
    April 22, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    It was one of my best TJ finds.
    I find it too be not as dry as many other reds, and a great intro for those who like the sweeter red. Love the bold taste without having to deal with the long finish. It has helped me to move closer to the drier ones.

  4. Sharon Brice
    May 8, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Love LoveLovethis wine..

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