Redwood Valley, Mendocino County, CA; 14.8% ABV
$5 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 1 July; only one more bottle there at the time
On today’s trip to the Berkeley store, I did not see any new wines yet, but I did get a couple that commenters here have liked, including this wine. It’s been around for a while, but I had ignored it since I thought the 2002 NG Zin was good but not exciting. This vintage is similar in some ways but more lively.
This wine was pretty tasty right away, perhaps smoothing out some after about 30 minutes in a decanter. It has flavors of jammy red raspberry with a little black raspberry, and a nice aged complexity of caramel / light earth / dried orange peel. The ripe fruit is balanced by zesty acid of those fruits and a slight, mildly bitter, herbal finish. Although it’s still not my favorite Zin, considering other $5 GO Zins of late, it’s pretty good for the price.
As I believe someone else here wrote recently, the available selection today seemed like odds and ends cleaned out from previously hidden corners of warehouses, so maybe inventory levels are indeed getting low enough to accommodate some new wines soon.