Silverdale, WA 12.5% alc. (Purchased on 11/22/13)
Corkburger in a heavy punt bottle…just seems a bit strange. Slightly hazy medium purple with a ruby/lavender rim. Has a skunky, cooked prune and vegetal nose with nice spicy black pepper nuances fighting for recognition. On the palate it’s actually rather soft, round and rich while showing accessible tannins that give it firm texture. Unfortunately, the flavors are similar to the nose; cooked prune and a bit green tasting, though I do find some sweet dark plum and blackberry fruit. Though drinkable and likely inoffensive to many, the package is superior to it’s contents. At least there’s no doubt that it’s Zin.
It appears this wine’s regular retail is around $8.99. This is one of a number of wines that recently showed up at the Silverdale GO from Parlier, CA (Fresno County) with various labels. I found one review on line that I kind of liked, so here it is. Poor reviewer paid $9.99 and I think 86 points is perhaps a bit generous.
This will likely be my last post until after the holiday. So I’d like to extend my best wishes to all of you for a wonderful and fun Thanksgiving…hopefully with family. Safe travels. And if you’re so inclined, let us know what wines you enjoyed with your T-Day dinner and how they worked…GO or otherwise. I’ll be opening a 2004 Lawson’s Dry Hills Marlborough Gewurz and a 2008 Gainey Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir from my cellar.