Sonoma County, CA; 14.7% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 12 Oct. Gone now.
We got three cases of this on Monday, and there were only 8 or so bottles of it left on Wednesday morning, so despite the kinda cheesy retro label, I had to try it. I concur with whoever bought so much. If you see it, buy it.
While it’s obviously good from first pour, the wine benefits from a couple hours’ air, or more. The label says the fruit was sourced from Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys, and the wine very much tastes like it. They are the areas from which I first started drinking Zinfandel, helping to make this what I regard as a real Zin. The tangy dark red cherry / black raspberry of Dry Creek is more prominent, supported by the darker spiced blackberry of Russian River. After about 2.5 hours, the two integrate very nicely. At the end, there was some slightly bitter roughness that made me wonder: would it smooth out the next day or fall apart?
The next day, the wine (stoppered in a 375ml bottle with very little air) still needed a little air to smooth out wonderfully, with softly textured richness, distinctly better than on the first day. This is terrific Zin for the price.