This wine is made by a Napa producer from Amador County grapes, a region known for it’s Zins. This was the first of my wine sale buys that I opened, based on my love of Zinfandel and the comments of a couple of our readers.
Clear medium black cherry/garnet color; blackberry, black pepper, and a bit of cooked prune in the nose. First thing I notice in the mouth is sweetness that is likely from slightly higher alcohol (14%) glycerin and tons of sweet fruit; it almost tastes like there may be a bit of residual sugar too. This Zin is loaded with varietally spicy blackberry fruit and has a fairly long finish. It may last a few more years, but I believe it’s at it’s peak now…with perfect balance of fruit, oak, tannin, and acidity. It’s delicious and for my money, a GO Best Buy—especially at $3.19 a bottle (with the 20% sale discount). I’ve paid at least seven times this much for Zinfandels not even half as good. The only down side to this wine is the ugly, hard-to-read label. If you’re into Zin…go get some before it’s gone!