The 2010 Babble Red Wine is a $6.99 Trader Joe’s exclusive sourced from grapes grown in Mendocino County, California. The blend is 36% Petite Sirah, 26% Syrah, 17% Merlot, 10% Carignane, 10% Grenache and 1% Malbec. Babble is produced by DnA Vineyards (owner and winemaker is Dennis Patton), who is a custom winemaker, tell him what you want and give him a price range and he will custom make a wine. DnA’s motto is “Excite your customers with a $20 wine for $5.99… a $40 wine for $9.99”. He has produced several wines for Trader Joe’s, most of them pretty good. The Babble Red was aged in French and American oak barrels for 24 months and the alcohol content is 13.7%.
The color is a dark, shiny ruby red. The nose is black cherry, smoke from the grill and dark chocolate. It taste of extracted blackberry, Snicker’s chocolate, cranberry juice and black Twizzlers. The mid palate changes things up with some blueberries in cream and dusty cocoa powder. The tannins are stiff, but they don’t bite and the acidity shows a decent amount of balance. The finish adds an unexpected blast of sour cherry, it fades quickly but never goes completely away.
The 2010 Babble Red Blend is a first rate backyard, tuesday night wine. It has loads of flavor and if it had a little more depth and some layers, it would be giving the big boys a run for their money. As it is, it will add very nicely to cheeseburgers on the grill and is inexpensive enough to be the go-to Red wine of the summer.