Peachy Canyon Incredible Red Zinfandel 2014

Price: $9.79 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 Zinfandels continue to preform quite well this month. The Peachy Canyon is no rock star, but it is a good solid offering under $10.  The nose is the distinguishing attribute for …

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Gnarled Vine Zinfandel 2014

Price: $9.99 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: Another nice bottle in this month's challenge! A wonderful nose; strong, sweet, and more complex than you usually get at this price, showing cinnamon, spice, and, sweet tobacco. The palate builds on …

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Ravenswood Zen of Zin 2014

Price: $8.49 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: We're starting off the Zinfandel challenge on the right foot!  The Zen of Zin gives you a great nose right out of the bottle with strong candied cherries and some buttercream frosting …

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Alamos Malbec 2015 – Argentina

Price: $6.77 at Total Wine Style: The “Tom” Rating: “Good” Recommendation: “Grab a few bottles” Review: A really great deal at the $6.77 price at TotalWine.  This wine is nicely balanced, smooth, and gives just a little more flavor complexity than the basic red blend. None of the unbalanced alcohol, metallic taste, or lack of acidity that you so …

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Finca Flichman Malbec Tupungato 2014 – Argentina

Price: $10.99 at Total Wine Style: The “Tom” Rating: “Good” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: Although subtle, this simple wine actually tastes like a value Malbec, rather than just a generic red blend. (Ironically enough, this one of the few bottles of the challenge that is actually a blend, rather than 100% Malbec.) The medium nose offers …

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