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Not being a huge fan of Zinfandel, I was pleasantly surprised with this one.  Normally, Zins come in at a whoppingly high alcohol content and can be quite jammy.  Registering at 13.5%, this “Old-Vines” Zin was very smooth and delectable.  Caressing tannins and a good mouthfeel from such a young wine show promise.  The nose was elegant, the alcohol was not noticeable and the balance was just right.  I have tasted this wine twice in the last week and consider it a great effort, whether you like Zins or are impartial like me.  I would easily drink it alone, or with any type of meat dish.  Dark fruit and a touch of oak make it enticing and different. Seriously, a 5 star effort and possibly 89 points.  An easy choice when you need a flexible wine, and probably very easy to find.  Did I mention the price?  A terrific QPR (Quality Price Ratio) at under $15 per bottle….

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