Cloud Break Pinot Noir 2014 – Average and non-descript Pinot Noir

Price: $8.99 at Total Wine  Style: The “Anna” (Medium body with fairly simple and straight-forward fruit flavors.) Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: I'm giving this one a "meh". A totally average and non-descript value Pinot Noir with a pleasant structure but muted generic flavors. The little aroma and flavor that I was able to pull …

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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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Rancho Zabaco Zinfandel Heritage Vines 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: The Zabaco definitely got on my good side from the get-go. The alluring nose was earthy, fruity, rich, and full of cedar, spice, tar, blackberries, and plums... significantly more complex than the average …

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Coppola Red Label Zinfandel 2014

Price: $9.79 at Total Wine Style: The “Tom” (Medium body and power with some interesting tastes beyond basic fruits.) Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: Meh... average to good for the price. A medium nose carries strong candied red fruit with some baking spices... enjoyable. In the mouth, this is smooth but too sweet on the …

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