Price: $8.99 at Total Wine
Style: The “Tom” (Medium body and power with some interesting tastes beyond basic fruits.)
Recommendation: “Grab a few bottles”
The Oak Grove Zinfandel delivered one of the most interesting flavors I’ve picked up in a Zinfandel this month… On the back of the palate, I got a very clear impression of Smarties! Yup, those chalky little round pastel colored candies!
Don’t worry, it wasn’t overwhelming and it wasn’t a distraction. It totally fit into the overall flavor profile, providing an interesting swirl of chalk and red berry. Beyond the Smarties, this showed the usual cherry, raspberry, and some light black peppercorns on the finish. Although a little light in color and body, everything was nicely in balance and easy to drink. At under $10, it’s certainly worth a go.
A California star, Oak Grove Family Reserve Zinfandel offers aromas and flavors of wild raspberry and plum accented by a hint of black pepper.
It’s very difficult to find any information on the winery, vineyards, or owners. I’m guessing this is more of a commercial brand, without estate vineyards or a destination winery. Good wine, nonetheless, but not much of a story to tell.