Contra Costa County, CA; 13% ABV
$5 at the Geary Street, San Francisco, store on 20 Jan. Also at Berkeley.
Lim13 favorably reviewed the 2006 vintage of this wine nearly two years ago, and many others here liked it, so I was eager to try the 2010. I was not disappointed.
The wine immediately showed ripe fruit of darker boysenberry and black raspberry, with plenty of lively, maybe even zesty, acid and a strong raisin component. About a half hour after opening the bottle, I thought the raisin taste had declined a lot, but was still there in the background. After about an hour, the wine, which had been slightly hard and assertive, softened and became more agreeable. To my surprise, it went very well with take-out Chinese ginger beef.
The 2010 strikes me as being very much like Lim13’s review of the 2006, except that this tastes like a younger wine without (what I think of as) the aged complexities he described like cinnamon and smoked meats. It’s made in a more acid and structured style than a lot of Zin, but I liked it quite a bit for the price. Seedboy remarked today that “historically, it has been a bargain for an uncomplicated, honest Zin. This particular wine has nice fresh fruit flavors, but unfortunately they used some sort of oak additive (there is no way this was barrel-aged, not at this price point, retails for less than $10 a bottle) and the wine would be better off without the oak flavor.” I didn’t particularly notice an odd oak or pseudo-oak flavor, but I won’t dispute that, either, as I may be less sensitive to wood flavors.