2005 Black Mountain Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon from Trader Joe’s Good Wine Values

    The 2005 Black Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. $4.99! Why not?
    The 2005 Black Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. $4.99! Why not?
    The 2005 Black Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. $4.99! Why not?

    Trader Joe’s is one of the 4 regular wine shopping destinations on my list. The rest include: Safeway, Bevmo and Cost Plus World Market. Of the group, TJ’s, in keeping with its tradition, has the smaller selection, but also often the quirkiest. You’re sure to discover unusual labels, unknown brands, and comfortable pricing.

    I realize a lot of web sites too offer plenty of selection and decent pricing, but Loni and I have discovered it can be a crap shoot when it comes to delivery. In the summer this of course can be bad for the wine. If you miss a drop, it can sit in a hot warehouse somewhere.

    So with all that, here is the Black Mountain Vineyard wines. Discount wines no doubt. But I like to mix it up.  I’m a traditional monthly, weekly and daily wine menu planner. Some in our cellar are probably classified as decade wines, or maybe even once-in-a-lifetime wine. If I ever write about one, there will be a flashing red light, and a big smile on my face. Because something really really good must have happened or the occasion must be very special indeed.

    Black Mountain wines are $4.99 for any of the following varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.

    So far I have tasted the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (Fat Cat) and the 2005 Malbec (Watson’s Grove).

    Of the two, I prefer the Cab. Not that the Malbec is bad, it’s just a little too bland for me. The cab is surprisingly decent for the price. I don’t expect to move mountains here, but to find a nice tasting wine at a good price is another one of life’s little happy moments.

    The Cab exhibits my favorite qualities in a red: some vanilla, spice, and slight overtones of dark berries, but not too much. You’re not going to match this against a Peju, Etude, Ridge or even a basic Mondavi. But you would feel fine popping it open for a single glass, and enjoying it through the week. Something I’d be reluctant to do with a nicer wine.

    So the verdict is recommended. With a caveat of proper expectation that comes along with a super-value wine like this.

    This is likely another one of TJ’s private label distribution agreements, where a larger known winery dumps overstock. I’m not sure. Hard to find much out there on the Web about this wine or vineyard. Feel free to let me know!

    STARK INSIDER WINE REVIEW

    2005 Black Mountain Vineyard (Fat Cat)
    2005 Black Mountain Vineyard Malbec (Watson’s Grove)

    Black Mountain Vineyard
    Alc. 12.5%
    750ml
    $4.99 (Trader Joe’s)

    Clint says: Think of it as a beer wine. Just drink it, and don’t expect too much

    Rating: 84 out of 100

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    • jason

      Had a Black Mountain offering in my pre-blog days but not recently. Perhaps I will grab the Cab, if I do I'll let you know what I think. In the mean time, if you are interested here are some of my favorite <a href="http://jasonswineblog.com/2008/10/13/best-of-trader-joes-wine-top-10-wines-of-september-2008/&quot; target="_blank">Trader Joe's Wines</a> you may want to consider. Enjoy!<br />
      <br />
      Cheers,<br />
      Jason

    • jason

      Had a Black Mountain offering in my pre-blog days but not recently. Perhaps I will grab the Cab, if I do I’ll let you know what I think. In the mean time, if you are interested here are some of my favorite Trader Joe’s Wines you may want to consider. Enjoy!

      Cheers,
      Jason

    • jason

      Had a Black Mountain offering in my pre-blog days but not recently. Perhaps I will grab the Cab, if I do I’ll let you know what I think. In the mean time, if you are interested here are some of my favorite Trader Joe’s Wines you may want to consider. Enjoy!

      Cheers,
      Jason

    • Clinton Stark

      I'll take a look at your site, thanks Jason!

    • Clinton Stark

      I’ll take a look at your site, thanks Jason!

    • Clinton Stark

      I’ll take a look at your site, thanks Jason!

    • Aiko

      My first time to buy 05 Black Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon from TJ. Just wondering where can I find the Nutritional Facts on wines? My husband is on a no-carb diet and has to have the Ultra beer for 2 weeks. This means No Wine for 2 weeks because we don't know how much carbs are in them. My first time here. Thanks, Aiko

    • Aiko

      My first time to buy 05 Black Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon from TJ. Just wondering where can I find the Nutritional Facts on wines? My husband is on a no-carb diet and has to have the Ultra beer for 2 weeks. This means No Wine for 2 weeks because we don’t know how much carbs are in them. My first time here. Thanks, Aiko

    • Aiko

      My first time to buy 05 Black Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon from TJ. Just wondering where can I find the Nutritional Facts on wines? My husband is on a no-carb diet and has to have the Ultra beer for 2 weeks. This means No Wine for 2 weeks because we don’t know how much carbs are in them. My first time here. Thanks, Aiko

    • Clinton Stark

      Wine is fat-free and contains no cholesterol. Of course there are still calories. According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines:<br />
      <br />
      5 oz. wine = 100 calories<br />
      <br />
      12 oz. beer = 150 calories<br />
      <br />
      1.5 oz distilled spirits = 100 calories<br />
      <br />
      Of course for years people have been advocating health benefits of red wine. How else can the French have such a high fat diet, and yet have a lower rate of heart disease? (the so-called &quot;French Paradox&quot;)

    • Loni Kao Stark

      Concur with Clint on the calories.<br />
      <br />
      To address carbs specifically, 5 oz. red wine contains about 2.41 grams of carbohydrates, white wine a little less.<br />
      <br />
      A about 15 minutes on the eliptical or treadmill should burn it of. Small price to pay for a good glass of wine.

    • Wine is fat-free and contains no cholesterol. Of course there are still calories. According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines:

      5 oz. wine = 100 calories

      12 oz. beer = 150 calories

      1.5 oz distilled spirits = 100 calories

      Of course for years people have been advocating health benefits of red wine. How else can the French have such a high fat diet, and yet have a lower rate of heart disease? (the so-called “French Paradox”)

    • Wine is fat-free and contains no cholesterol. Of course there are still calories. According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines:

      5 oz. wine = 100 calories

      12 oz. beer = 150 calories

      1.5 oz distilled spirits = 100 calories

      Of course for years people have been advocating health benefits of red wine. How else can the French have such a high fat diet, and yet have a lower rate of heart disease? (the so-called “French Paradox”)

    • Concur with Clint on the calories.

      To address carbs specifically, 5 oz. red wine contains about 2.41 grams of carbohydrates, white wine a little less.

      A about 15 minutes on the eliptical or treadmill should burn it of. Small price to pay for a good glass of wine.

    • Concur with Clint on the calories.

      To address carbs specifically, 5 oz. red wine contains about 2.41 grams of carbohydrates, white wine a little less.

      A about 15 minutes on the eliptical or treadmill should burn it of. Small price to pay for a good glass of wine.

    • kimh

      We decided this one will be used in a red wine sauce on lamb tomorrow. It was not really drinkable, and we are not wine snobs. The first sip was actually OK, but it went downhill really fast and by 5 minutes into it, the wine had past it's peak.

    • kimh

      We decided this one will be used in a red wine sauce on lamb tomorrow. It was not really drinkable, and we are not wine snobs. The first sip was actually OK, but it went downhill really fast and by 5 minutes into it, the wine had past it's peak.