California; 14.7% ABV (IIRC)
$6 at the Richmond, CA, store on about 5 October. Gone now.
This wine as a bit funky (sweet rubber?) for a while after being decanted, but started settling down after about an hour or so. Wine tastes nicely of dark cherry, black raspberry / blackberry, some allspice / maybe black pepper or licorice, and black earth, but has sweet, syrupy oak that is a little too strong for my taste. This is likely just my apparent aversion to American Oak. The fruit is ripe but has nicely balancing acid and finish of mild and smooth tannin. The last bit of wine in my glass, nearly 4 hours after opening, was very smooth and elegantly complex. Even if it’s not the style I personally favor, I have to admit this is excellent Zin for the price. Seedboy earlier posted the link to this review of this wine, and his reaction to this wine is here.
The saved, single-glass, screw-cap bottle is also very good, tasting of rich and syrupy blackberry / mulberry / maybe blueberry / boysenberry / dark red raspberry, coffee, vanilla / American Oak. Again, despite this not being “my style,” I give it a big Thumbs Up.
Update same day: Oakland store still has this wine.