Friday, June 12, 2009
Picked this up at Trader Joes for $4.99. Jason really likes this wine. As much as I want to hate on California, it's pretty great for 5$. A couple of caveats though. First, I think that while it's good in a modern fruit-bomb style, it's really missing some depth that you're going to get out of less ripe/extracted wines. Nothing wrong with this wine, but it's missing depth. Second, it comes off as fairly sweet, and although I like it, I kind of think that it's like Coca-Cola. This wine has got to be almost all Zinfandel due to the spicy melange of cloves, pepper, and other spices that are on the nose upfront. After a bit, there are also bright red cherries, maybe a bit of strawberry, and vanilla. This wine is thick and viscous (what else would you expect from California), with a rounded mouth feel. After being open for a day, it picks up some raspberry and chocolate notes as well. The alcohol is left in check at 13.7%, which is nice. Kind of scary that 13.7% is low alcohol for a California wine... Overall, this wine is an awesome value if you like the fruit forward style. It's got a lot of flavor, and would be a great thing to serve to a bunch of your friends that don't know anything about wine or who are into the "soda-pop" style of wine. There are definitely wines that I like more that are only slightly more expensive that I would rather drink, and for me there is something that's missing from it, but I'm finding it hard to diss this wine at 5$. If it was $20+ (which would be more typical for California), it would be a different story. A (for sheer value)
Had a second bottle of this 6/20/09; this bottle definitely had a lot of similar characteristics to the above, but added a lot of chocolatey notes.