Lodi, CA; 13.9% ABV
$5 at the Richmond, CA, on 27 March
Lim13, you’ve complained that there’s nothing new and interesting at the GOs near you. I don’t blame you for being concerned that the blog will have to do without your occasional habit of buying Zinfandels with silly names that turn out to be about as good as you’d expect. But don’t you worry, mate. I’ve got you covered here.
I have tended to avoid all wines from Lodi except Petite Sirahs. But when I saw this Zinfandel, with its catchy logo and back label going on about its carefully selected lots of grapes, right across the aisle from the Victor Zin, a Lodi Zin I really liked, I knew I had to have it. Of course, you know where this story is going. Once I got it home and opened it, I realized I could have chosen more wisely.
The wine poured a translucent red that is pretty light for a Zinfandel. The fruit was red cherry and some black raspberry that, for having a rather jammy texture, was not very intense or complex. And it had a vegetal woody component with aspects similar to the “American Oak” (whether or not it actually is) that I often complain about. However, in this wine, that latter component is not too strong, and instead adds a relatively interesting complexity. I didn’t like this wine very much, but since I can still say I didn’t totally hate it, I guess I have to go with Drinkable.
The next day, I liked the second half (stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air) slightly better. The fruit had darkened some, additionally showing some black cherry and maybe some red plum. Still, while I wouldn’t recommend it, I can’t quite give it a Thumbs Down. So, Drinkable.