Friday, July 9, 2010

Trinitas Mataro Contra Costa County 2006

I found this at Trader Joes for $9.99, and thought that it was a relatively interesting wine for them to be stocking, especially at the price. Mataro is just another word for Mouvedre. Do we grow a lot of Mouvedre in California? I don't think much. Anyways, seemed like something interesting to at least try. You can buy this direct from Trinitas for 25$. The price and availability of this wine at Trader Joe's is probably as much a product of the current economic environment as anything else. As companion pieces to this thought, there is an interesting post on Vinography that is basically a shout out to a Good Grape post about all the deep discount online outlets and the glut of wine currently on the market. For the most part, I don't think Trader Joe's is all that different than the online deep discounters. I bet that Trader Joe's just bought a few cases of this wine and Trinitas knew that they could sell it quickly and relatively anonymously. One last thought about this wine before my thoughts on how good or bad it is--in an environment where people are spending less on wine, I bet it makes them even more cautious about what to buy. In other words, buying a grape you've never heard of will be out of the question. I'm adventurous, but your typical "California Cab or Chardonnay" drinker isn't so. And a Mouvedre-based wine is probably going to fall pretty flat with all those weary, wary consumers. Thus, you've got to off-load it somewhere, lest it fuck up your cash flow.

Anyways, here's the rub on this wine: not my favorite. It's okay. If I would have paid 25$ for it, I would have been really disappointed. 10$ is fair, but to be honest, I've had a lot of wines that are much more satisfying that feature Mouvedre in some guise. There's a lot of Cotes du Rhone out there for around 10$. Interesting aromatically, and similar to other Mouvedre-based wines. Berry, mint, Indian spices, a little raisin, a little licorice, chocolate and vanilla. Slightly hot and sticky once it's in your mouth--relatively plush. Hate to sound like a broken record, but it's got the same mouth-feel as a Coke. Sort of overly sugary. Also lacks some poise and acidity, and comes off as particularly hollow upfront. Spicy finish, but it's relatively short and falls a bit flat. C-

4 comments:

Joshiemac said...

I live in Contra Costa county, perhaps I should get a bottle of this out of regional pride.

Jeff said...

There has to be something better coming out of Contra Costa County than this! I don't know...Cline makes a bunch of stuff, Rosenblum, Concannon. Maybe some Petit Sirah would be more interesting than this wine? I know there's stuff available for under 10$. Just don't pay more than that for this wine.

CabFrancoPhile said...

Good to know this is one to skip--it's exactly the sort of thing I might pick up on a whim because it's Mourvedre.

Jeff said...

I'd be curious to see what someone else thought of this wine...