Comes down firmly on Zin’s wild and wooly side. The brambly berry and pepper flavors are accompanied by savage tannins, not big and heavy, but jagged and rustic. High alcohol creates a hot aftertaste, and the wine is fermented to dryness. Finishes with a tart bite of acid.
Generic red wine here. It brings to mind those jug wines from the old days that were dry and clean and fruity and affordable. The world needs more such wines. Who cares if it could be any one of 10 varietals? It’s what it is and it’s good enough.
Here’s a simple little wine that makes for pleasant drinking at an affordable price. It’s lemony and dry and soft in acids, but it is very clean and is fine for fried chicken, fruit salad and other picnic-type fare. —S.H.
Smells like canned peaches and nectarines, with a syrupy note that lasts through the finish. It’s very oaky and ripe, with good acidity. But the elements aren’t well integrated. The wine seems more like a study than a finished piece. A few months in bottle may help.
Very fruity, a mouthful of lime, grapefruit, apple and peach flavors, and turns spicy and peppery on the finish. Feels a bit flat and heavy on the palate. Finishes very dry and with bright fruitiness.
One of the drier Sauvignons out there, bony and minerally, with tart acids that make it mouthwateringly clean. Picks up lemon and fig flavors in the finish. A nice cocktail-style wine at a good price.