Sainte-Croix Syrah-Merlot (2006)

Sainte-Croix Syrah-Merlot 2006This Sainte-Croix Syrah-Merlot 2006 is another wine from Trader Joe’s that I purchased during a recent quick-shop stop. I can’t remember what I paid, but it was very reasonable — definitely under $10.

I am quite pleased with the quality of this wine. The color is a dusty purple – lighter than many wines I have had recently. The nose is pleasant and fresh. It smells like grass and cloves. The taste is intriguing. It is one of those interesting wines that taste light at the front of the palate, but explodes into a long and tasty finish of berries and oak and green peppers. It’s a blend of 50% Merlot and 50% Shiraz. It is absolutely delightful. An excellent value. It will go well with our kielbasa, potato, and sauerkraut dinner tonight.

By the way, I picked up our two sons from the airport last night. They had been on a cross-country trip to Utah. Now they are back in Michigan and back to their normal lives. It was so wonderful to see them.I had to pick them up after a presentation I had done at a school east of Detroit, so they had to wait for over an hour for me. (They played frisbee.) But, when we finally got home (9:30 p.m.).

I had a pot roast ready that I had put in the crockpot that morning. So, we had time for a glass of wine. We opened a Burley Fox Shiraz. Tony said, “Oh, just like Tommy!” That made us laugh because Tony was basically saying that his brother was not only a “fox” but also “burly.” We love our sons! They bring us such joy!

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