California; 13.5% ABV
$5 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 30 Jan
The 2011 Indigo Eyes Chardonnay was a drinkable wine for $4, so I was curious to see what an IE Zin was like. From first pour, it’s definitely California Zinfandel, with jammy fruit of black / dark red raspberry, redder blackberry, dark cherry, but also with a strange flavor of purple grape jelly / fruit punch, in a medium body. That last flavor is tasty enough, I guess, but I must be a wine snob because I don’t really think it belongs in wine.
I poured out one glass the first night, saving the rest in a half bottle and a stopper and in a single-glass screw cap bottle, both with very little air. On the first night, this wine had the same roughness as the 2011 IE Chardonnay on its first night; maybe it’s the same wood? On the second night, the wine had smoothed out and darkened some, becoming overall more pleasant. In the last few sips, that strange grape flavor seemed diminished, so it’s possible this wine is still a little young, although I wouldn’t hold it for that long. Like the Chardonnay, this Zin is solidly Drinkable for the price.