Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Review Face-Off: **** *** ***+ $ Three Bargain-Priced California Zinfandels = ALL BEST VALUES!

By way of background:  Today we are sampling three completely separate zinfandels from the great state of California.   Besides the grape varietal, they share two additional attributes:  First, they each weigh in at 14.5% alcohol; and, second they each are a bargain!  Let's see what they each bring to the party... and let's see if these "bargains" are really "good values" by our more quantified criteria...

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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Bold Vine Old Vine Zinfandel.

Original tasting and review : This is Bold Vine Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, California, 2015, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in January, 2018.

Inspired by this wine: The fireplace is roaring as we begin preparing a really big feast.

In the glass: Deep magenta, moving to opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows a suggestive melange of black, red and blue fruit, well-layered.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sweet, layered waves of deep, well-integrated fruit, bringing a bold attack, lifting with just a touch of brightness in the mid-palate, and setting to a lengthy, warm, inviting and clean finish.

In summary: Overall, rates an impressive four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a no-brainer "best value" at the spectacular price point.
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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Dark Horse Zinfandel.

Original tasting and review : This is The Original Dark Horse Limited Release Zinfandel, California, 2015, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in January, 2018.

Inspired by this wine: Stoking coals in the steam engine, gonna get this little ship moving across this river.  

In the glass: Deep brilliant magenta.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold fruit with a good crusting of clean ash and hints of chocolate and licorice.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bundled in the mid-palate, with an appropriately dark edge attached to crunchy fruit of black plum and muddled ripe black raspberry.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, enough for a "best value" designation at its attractive price point.
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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Fair Oaks Ranch Zinfandel.

Original tasting and review : This is Fair Oaks Ranch Zinfandel, California, 2016, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in January, 2018.

Inspired by this wine: Cooking up a friendly breakfast on the pot-bellied stove.

In the glass: Medium magenta with lighter brick edges.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft, gentle candied berries.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact sweet red fruit with a very gentle wash of earth. Red currants peek out as it moves to a clean, slightly lingering finish.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for accessibility and friendliness on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Indeed, a "best value" by our assessment.


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