Hot to Trot at Trader Joe’s $7.99

The 2016 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend
The 2016 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend

2016 14 Hands Hot to Trot Smooth Red Blend – Trader Joe’s $7.99

The 2016 14 Hands Hot to Trot Smooth Red Blend is from the Columbia Valley and a crazy blend of many grapes. From the 14 Hands Web Tech Sheet: “Predominately Merlot and Syrah with seven other varietals in smaller quantities including Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Franc, Mourvedre, Pinot Noir, and Sangiovese.”

The 14 Hands Winery is one of the many labels of the St. Michelle Wine Estate. Wherever I see one of the 14 Hands wines, it is usually priced under $10. The 2016 Smooth Red Blend is $7.99 at Trader Joe’s, $7.49 at Total Wines, and $12 on the 14 Hands online wine shop. We did a review a few years back on the Hot to Trot.

Tasting Notes 2016 14 Hands Hot to Trot

I think a great wine label always makes for a more appealing wine. The Hot to Trot label is just that. The horses depicted on all the 14 Hands wines “are inspired by the unbridled spirit of the wild horses that once freely roamed eastern Washington.” What a way to watch the Triple Crown horse races with a bottle of this 14 Hands Hot to Trot wine, or a 12-oz can of the same. I have not seen the cans as yet but they are on the market.

The aroma is rather sparse, but the flavors are there on the palate. The wine is indeed a smooth red blend. It feels enticing on the palate with mostly red fruit flavors. It is enjoyable and tasty, with no discernable flaws. On the downside, there is not much depth or complexity to the wine. But for an $8 bottle of wine, it delivers beyond its price point. Trader Joe’s shoppers, pick up a bottle or two to try. I rate it at 88 points.

For food pairing, light pasta or pizza dishes and grilled chicken. King Salmon will also work with this wine.

hot to trot red blend back label


  1. Nice recap of a dependable producer. I notice they purchased much of the fruit and their source is prime varietal land in Washington. Perfect for spring summer meals outdoors.

  2. Rockbell says

    Actually priced at $7.49 at my Costco in Alabama. I like it and probably have a bottle in the house most of the time

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