Sonoma County, CA; 14.5% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 26 Nov
I bought this bottle for the nicely complex color of the wine through the bottle. At first, the wine justified my guess. The color in my glass was also a nice purplish dark red and the nose was moderately complex, with some darker fruit amid the redder fruit. However, the first taste displayed not only jammy, purplish dark red cherry, and black raspberry, but also a good bit of the “cooked rhubarb” taste I associate with American oak and that I can’t stand. Although the fruit darkened nicely over about 45 minutes in a decanter to include some redder blackberry, and the rhubarb taste at times receded into the background, it never became really tasty to me. I acknowledge this is a pet peeve of mine, one that most readers here probably don’t share, and for all those folks, I would probably give this a Thumbs Up. It’s a reasonably complex and balanced wine that tastes like a Zin should. If you liked the Woodenhead Zin, try this one. I think the Val Moon is better for the same price. I just wish they had used different oak or even no oak.