2004 Chateau De La Riviere Fronsac

A 2004 Bordeaux blend from Fronsac for $14.99? Trader Joe’s rocks! This bottle is 7 years old, so I knew it would need to breathe before trying it. Still though, I couldn’t resist smelling it right away. And it smelled dirty! After an hour open, it opened up like a flower. Raspberry, black cherry and coffee. The midpalate is dark and bitter-like taking an expresso shot and keeping it in your mouth for a while. The finish is gripping and dry. This is definitely a food wine, but not a summer food wine. Think beef stew, French onion soup or fondue made with gruyere cheese. Maybe I’ll try it with chocolate later…

$14.99/bottle at Trader Joe’s

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