Silverdale, WA 14.9% alc. (Purchased on 4/6/13)
Back label states this Zin was “Cellared and bottled by Wine Roots, St. Helena, CA”. It also talks about “eureka!”, “plunder”, the “wild west”, “kick and attitude”, and “saddling up for a wild ride”. Right now I’m asking myself, “why did I buy this?”
Clear medium ruby/garnet. Nose has a rather rustic, smokey, peppery quality. But my wife thought (and I’d agree) that it also has a strange floral hyacinth bouquet. In the mouth, it seems thin, tart and a little acidic with green peppercorn flavors and little blackberry/brambleberry attributes. There are some tannins, but it has a watery, short finish. For me, this is a flat, uninspiring Zinfandel that is seriously lacking in the spicy, berryish fruit I look for in good quality Zins.
I bought five new reds at my local GO on April 6th after a long wait for something new. The first three I’ve reviewed here have been far less than memorable. I can only hope that the last two (both Carmeneres) bring something to the table.