(2012 Vintage) Crushed berry, soft oak and cigar box notes create a fragrant appeal that leaves you wanting more. This vintage shows explosive, concentrated fruit in the mouth, with plenty of acidity to balance the ripeness. Spice and black berry compote on the finish.
7 Zins has been my all around favorite affordable red for more years than I can recall. 8? 9? It's the standard by which I hold most other old vine Zins. Then the new label for the 2012 vintage comes out: first bottle, no problem; the second bottle I didn't even finish. Very thin and bitter/metallic. I'm truly hoping I just got the rare "off" bottle. I'll try a few more and hopefully be able to raise my rating. UPDATE: Must've been a bad bottle. Still my favorite Zin. Our grocery store had a great sale on it & we bought a case!
A favorite that we keep in the wine cellar almost constantly.
Grapie, not my first choice not a last option either
Good but on the expensive side
Really really good! $11.99
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2004 Vintage) Extreme in its ripeness and never keen on well-defined fruit, this palate-coating effort offers up glimmers of dried grapes that are overlain with suggestions of smoke and tar. Very full in the mouth and rather viscous in feel, it will defy easy mealtime matching with food but will be liked by fans of full-blown Zins.
Wine Advocate(2004 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 165 on Jun-06