Sonoma County, CA, 13.5% ABV
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on 5 Nov
I didn’t like this wine very much at first. The fruit seemed rather simple, with red cherry and red / black raspberry, and prominent raisin. However, after the bottle was open for about 75 minutes, the fruit had become darker and a little more complex. It then showed a nice array of fruits that are ripely jammy but also tangy and sour in a way heading toward tar: black cherry, black raspberry, dark plum, and still some raisin. A little later on, about 1:45 after opening, some of the redder fruits returned to meld in very nicely.
I liked the second half of this wine, stored in a 375ml bottle and stoppered with very little air, even better. It largely resembled the wine from the night before, but was more evenly balanced and delineated, and included some orange peel and clove I hadn’t noticed before. The wine is in very good shape. Although it’s not like a Zinfandel I’ve tasted before, it fits in well into the family of Zinfandels, and I think it’s pretty good for the money.