Sonoma County, CA; 13.0% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 12 Oct
On the heels of a couple other good Zinfandels recently, I was hopeful that this would also be good. However, I found it a rather weak effort.
The wine initially showed only rather tart, light red fruit. After about 90 minutes, the tightness of the wine relaxed a bit, with the fruit becoming more accessible and less acid, but overall not improving that much. After over two hours in a decanter or glass, the wine still tasted of fairly light and simple fruit of tangy dark cherry, and some black and red raspberry, a little raisin, and acid that I still found unpleasantly sharp and possessing at moments hints of being too old,
The next day, the saved, single-glass. screw-cap bottle was better — softer and sweeter and more pleasant — but not significantly different. Try it if you want, but I’d generally recommend against it for this price.