Forever Vineyards Pinot Noir Lodi 2013 – Smooth and easy-drinking, but boring and tight

  Price: $8.99 at Total Wine and More Style: The “Anna” (Light to medium body with simple straight-forward flavors.) Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: Our first Pinot Noir of the challenge is a ho-hum offering from the Lodi region of California (due East of San Francisco in the Central Valley.)  Although this bottle was smooth and …

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‘Total Wine & More’ Pinot Noir Value Challenge Kickoff!

Pinot Noir Challenge Overview Ahhhhh... Pinot Noir! The king of Burgundy! The heartbreak grape!  The most elegant and treasured varietal, for only the most sophisticated of collectors!  Or at least, that is, if you're willing to drop $28,112 on a single bottle of 1990 Romanee-Conti DRC.  :-O Really good Pinot Noir is really expensive. And …

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VinCrush Zinfandel Value Challenge Results! Find the best $10 Zins at Total Wine & More!

  Zinfandel Challenge Results The results are in! At the bottom of this post, you'll find the final rankings and links to the individual wine reviews. Across the board, the Ravenswood Zinfandel offerings did really well.  They all showed more power, body, and flavor than average.  I'd certainly consider any of their bottles as a safe …

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Zinfandel Challenge Bonus Post! Mike and Molly Hendry RW Moore Vineyard 2012

Just for fun, I decided to throw in a bottle that is completely out of our $10 price target and see how it compares to the value  Zinfandels we've been drinking all month.  I picked the Mike & Molly because it was already sitting in my cellar and, based on the cellar tracker reviews, it seemed …

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Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi 2014 – Luscious Zin evolving from earthy to fruity with time

Price: $9.99 at Total Wine Style: The “Tom” (Medium body and power with some interesting tastes beyond basic fruits.) Rating: “Really Good” Recommendation: “Grab a few bottles” Review: The Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel is a really nice offering that perfectly hits the balance of earthy and fruity for me. When we first opened the bottle, it was quite a bit …

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Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel Napa 2014

Price: $11.99 at Total Wine Style: The “Tom” (Medium body and power with some interesting tastes beyond basic fruits.) Rating: “Good” Recommendation: “Grab a few bottles” Review: Although subtle, everything about the Ravenswood Napa is nicely balanced and in-check. Many of the Zinfandels around $10 are overly sweet , overly thin, or display unpleasant levels of acidity or alcohol. …

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McManis Family Vineyards Zinfandel 2015

Price: $9.49 at Total Wine Style: The “Lady Edith” (Lighter body with some interesting tastes beyond basic fruits.) Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: The McManis offers fair value, but has some minor imperfections even at this price.  First, it's definitely got a bit of tingling acidity right in the mid-palate. Great for a Pinot Grigio, …

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