Sierra Foothills, Amador County, CA
from Morse Wines; 15.1% ABV
$6 at the Oakland, CA, store on 5 Nov; also at Richmond
This wine starts out tasty enough with tangy red fruits but too much acid. It airs slowly and, after about 90 minutes of air, darkens to give flavors of red cherry, black raspberry, and only a little of the rusty earth that I think of as characteristic of Amador County Zins. It still has too much boysenberry acid for me, even it’s if drunk with food. Nonetheless, I find its style interesting in being hardly jammy at all, more like a reserved Cabernet than most Zins. Maybe the second half will be better.
The second half was indeed better, with its fruit darker and a little more rich,complex and delineated, and no longer objectionably acid, although still not what I’d call jammy or full-bodied. I can see how fans of more reserved and balanced Zins might like this wine, especially on the second day. However, even though “reserved and balanced” is a lot of what appeals to me, I didn’t find it all that substantial or exciting.