Silverdale, WA 14% alc. (Purchased on 1/24/15)
Aromas: Nose is somewhat closed then shows very subtle blackberry, spice and light oak.
Flavors: In the mouth, the flavors are more blackberry, cherry, cinnamon-like spice, black pepper, some vanilla and a certain light mintiness; really quite varietally true.
Texture: Fair amount of tannin for what this wine is (CA designation and low to moderate regular retail); moderate acidity.
Finish: Finish is fairly short, but flavorful; tannins dissipate quickly.
Hardly mind-blowing, but pretty darn balanced and tasty…and not a fruit bomb. Reader JoelA’s very accurate review of this wine can be found here. The only thing I’m unsure of is Joel references info about the wine that seems to fit the Lodi designation of the Rampage Zin, but my bottle says only that it’s a California designation. Could be two different wines?