Alas, I Have Zinned Again!

Aug 15, 2011 by

Alas, I Have Zinned Again!

Hey there, Zinophiles! I’m back with part deux of my Zinfandel tasting. These wines are priced at $20 and under and let me tell ya, there are some real gems in this pack.

Don’t let their reasonable price tags fool you – these are some serious Zins!

Ready? Let’s roll…

Five Stars
Dancing Bull
2009 CA $12

This is a $40 Zin in a $12 dress! It is lusciously fruity and spicy and perfectly balanced. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, blackberry and white pepper abound, all carried forth in a rich, velvety mouthfeel. Buy some now and let the bull dance!

Five Stars
Rodney Strong
2008 Knotty Vines, Northern Sonoma $18.50
The vines that produced this wine were so knotty, they should be spanked! Wink. Seriously though, this is a delicious, fruity wine with a peppery, sassy attitude. Scents of juicy blackberry and blackberry brambles, pine forest and pepper delight the nose and mouth. Like a naked, berry-smeared romp in the woods…

Five Stars
Kendall-Jackson
2009 Vintner’s Reserve, Mendocino $16

Holy exploding berry bombs, Batman! This juicy, jammy Zin is packed with blackberry, raspberry and blueberry aromas and flavors, which are enhanced by fresh, spicy notes.

Four Stars
Barefoot
NV Lodi $6.99

Straightforward, slightly sweet and totally enjoyable – this easy-drinking Zin is like my first boyfriend. ‘Nuff said.

Four Stars
Villa San Juliette
2009 Paso Robles $17

Like Bobby Flay in the kitchen, wearing only his apron and a dusting of cayenne pepper and cinnamon, this is one spicy Zinfandel! Aromas and flavors of gingerbread, jammy blackberry and pepper set the stage for a rich mouthful of Zin goodness.

All the above wines would be fabulous paired with grilled salmon and any kind of grilled meat, chili, stews and other spicy, hearty foods.

Cheers!

 

 

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