Silverdale, WA 13.5% alc. (Purchased on 9/20/14)
Clear pale ruby. When first opened and poured, it showed sulfury, rotten egg aromas. In an hour’s time some of that blew off, but revealed a green, earthy, stemmy bouquet. In the mouth it’s acidic and tannic with a real bite and very unusual earthy, mushroomy unattractive flavors of tire rubber and a sort of chemical-like quality. In honesty, there is a strong black pepper flavor that slowly emerges, but that doesn’t save the wine for me. Out of balance with little fruit and lacking texture, this Zin is totally unappealing to me and will be returned to GO on my next visit. It’s a real shame because I really liked the package with its tin roof looking Stelvin closure. But in this case, the exterior is far more alluring than the “interior”. I’m giving this wine a “Drinkable” rating, but I’ve got one foot over the “Thumbs Down” line.