Silverdale, WA 14.3% alc. (Purchased on 6/3/13)
Just slightly hazy, light brick color as though older than it’s years. Nose is clearly Zinfandel with blackberry and five spice, but also showing some prune qualities. In the mouth there’s immediate sweet fruit and more prune and five spice, but the briary blackberry flavors are in the background. There’s an almost burnt sugar, caramel quality here, especially at mid-palate, which may be attributed to age. Texture is soft with well-restrained tannins, the right acidity and some light heat toward the finish. When first opened, this Zin tasted over-oaked to me, but in 60-90 minutes time, the oak has almost completely disappated. Flavors in the finish are a little rubbery and again, cooked prune-like.
Part of me really likes this Zin; the other part…not so much so. I found this (perhaps not so objective wines of Lodi) article about this wine and the Maley Brothers. Appears the wine originally sold for $18. If any of our readers happen to find this Zin and are willing to pick up a bottle, I’d really love to hear your comments.