50% Mendocino County, 50% Sonoma County, California; 15.0% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 24 Oct
I had been wary of this wine because of the lighter red color through the bottle, but Seedboy and the Richmond store manager, himself a wine enthusiast, made positive comments about it. So I got a bottle, but I was quite disappointed.
Although label says “Unfined & Unfiltered,” I did not see any sediment. The fruit, showing flavors of red raspberry, red and black cherries, and a little black raspberry, had a rather candied character and a good amount of the stewed rhubarb (or whatever it is) that I dislike and that I think is associated with American Oak. I would guess, since there’s not much else it could be besides a Zin, and it is ripely sweet and jammy, that many people will like it. However, for me, it was barely Drinkable. I preferred it blended into the Abrazo del Toro 2009 Garnacha – Tempranillo.
The next day, the second half (stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air) of the wine was unfortunately pretty much the same.