Trader Joes’s Coastal Syrah 2006

by Nannette Eaton on April 17, 2009


“By making this wine vine known to the public, I have rendered my country as great a service as if I had enabled it to pay back the national debt.” — Thomas Jefferson


After making nice with the taxman, you probably want a little relief.  Here it is. Four dollars.  Five dollars, if you live in regions where the taxman demands a little extra love.  The column can end here.  Really, enough said.  A bottle for Under a Lincoln.

The back-story on this baby is the Wine Harlots Atlantic Division called this intrepid reporter/lush on the Left Coast.  Atlantic found this delicious wine for Under a Hamilton, less than a ten-spot.  As we have previously discussed in prior columns, the Left Coast promptly ignored Atlantic.  Ok, I’ll acknowledge, the Left Coast is a slow learner.  But slow learners make good stories.

A week later Atlantic called and said she was wrong.  Clearly, a stop-the-presses-moment, Atlantic rarely confesses to error.  Left Coast stood up and paid attention, it had to be big.  And it was.  Five bucks for a syrah?  Skeptic that I am, I hustled right out and bought a bottle.  Either way, I win.  Either I get a yummy wine for a five-spot or I get to call-out my big sis.  Either way, I win.

We all win.  The Trader Joe’s Coastal Syrah is a subtle blackberry jam score.  It’s a simple, easy drinking wine.  Still good on the second day.  Did I mention it was four bucks?  I did have to phone up Atlantic to acknowledge her superior call on this play.  But it was worth it.  I ate crow, but I drank Joe.  Have I said it was four dollars?

13.8% alcohol.  Cork closure.  Made in the California Central Coast by Castoro Cellars.

The music play on this is “Nan You’re A Window Shopper” by Lily Allen from the album Alright, Still.

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Tom April 17, 2009 at 9:24 am

Followed your tweet to this post. My mopther in law is a fan of Trader Joes & stocks up whenever she travels through a state that has one. She always leaves a couple cases in her “suite” our guest room at the house, for when she visits. Being out of our favorite red I broke into her stash to find the Syrah.

Like you said a simple easy drinking wine. Great value for the dollar. Now to find a replacement bottle.. lol

Wine Harlot April 17, 2009 at 10:19 am

Thank you so much for reading the post and for your kind words. Checked out your site and added it to my feed reader. Wine Harlots are always looking for the best bang for their buck….. Wait, that didn’t sound right. Sigh, (tiny voice) you know what I meant.

Thanks again, here’s to happy drinking!

The Wine Commonsewer April 17, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Castoro? Really? Wow. That’s kinda cool

As Always,


Wine Harlot April 17, 2009 at 7:59 pm

The back o’ the label said Castoro. For four bucks, you can’t go wrong. Thanks for reading the post. Cheers!

Zoran April 18, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Everything is dynamic and I respond to your words very positively! 🙂

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