Straightforward, solid Syrah with decent flavor intensity that shows light but juicy fruit with cocoa and earth touches. A low-acid profile makes it an easy-drinking, flavorful, plummy quaff. Bought at a discount, it’s Best Buy material.
Pretty nice for a statewide appellation, with true Zin characteristics of wild, brambly berries. The alcohol is high and the wine is very dry, a full-throttle assault on the senses, with its maximum load of jammy fruit. Nothing subtle, just a bases-loaded, ripe wine that leaves little to the imagination. Best Buy.
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.