After two-buck chuck became three-buck chuck, I shucked my allegiance to the wine on the cheap for a $4 bottle of Trader Joe’s Coastal Cabernet Suavignon, a quality inexpensive red to have lying around the kitchen.
For just a smidge more than its more famous neighbor in the wine aisle, The 2012 Coastal is quite a good QPR wine (quality price ratio). It doesn’t have any special tricks, but it does have all the tenets of a traditional Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s got a full-mouth, oaky feel, a toasty dry finish and a bold fruity flavor that can veer into bitter cranberry at times (the one down side).
Overall, this is a good buy for the wino on a budget!
Nuts and Bolts
- Winery: Coastal
- Type: Cabernet Sauvignon
- Origin: Central Coast
- Vintage: 2012
- Price: $4.49
- Alcohol content: 13.5%
- When to drink: During the week, when your wearing your pajamas and slippers to dinner at home, preferably one featuring tri tip.