Sunday, May 17, 2015

Review: *** $ Trader Joe's Reserve Zinfandel, Rhodes Vineyard, Redwood Valley, Mendocino County, California, 2013 = BEST VALUE

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Original tasting and review : This is Trader Joe's Reserve Zinfandel, Rhodes Vineyard, Redwood Valley, Mendocino County, California, 2013, finished at 14.6% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in May, 2015.

In the glass: Deep red with tiny hints of violet.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows clean and fragrant fresh fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be friendly and young in spirit.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing a deep, raisin inkiness, but layered on top of a red fruit base.  Thus, it represents a tasty blend of depth and freshness.  A few perky acidic perks bring the sip into your cheeks.  Then a clean - though fairly brief - finish follows.  So, "fresh young raisins" summarizes the sip.  Fun and tasty wine.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Best value!

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