Lodi, CA; 14.5% ABV
$6 at the Oakland, CA, store on 3 Sept
I had avoided this wine for a while because I’ve disliked previous Lodi Zins I’ve tasted. However, a couple people recommended it as full-bodied yet balanced, and they are right. This wine is delicious!
I opened this before I started cooking, to drink during dinner, so I don’t know if it needed air. However, at dinner time, it showed brooding (a Parkerism, yes?) dark tarry blackberry, black raspberry, and a little sweet black pepper / black earth, all reasonably balanced by acid of black and dark red raspberries. It’s an excellent value.
As a possibly entertaining aside, I opened the Waterbrook 2012 Melange blanc to drink while cooking, and it tasted as though it has a bit of Viognier in it. The intensely dark character of the Zin reminded me of some Syrahs, and I recalled how Viognier is blended into Côte-Rôtie to give the Syrah a more aromatic and nuanced character. The addition of about 10% Melange blanc to the Zin had a similar effect that I enjoyed, although I’m not sure I’d call it superior to the unblended Zin.