Oak Grove Zinfandel Reserve 2013

Price: $8.99 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 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 …

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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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Cline Lodi Zinfandel 2014

Price: $9.29 at Total Wine Style: The “Anna"  (a pleasant medium body with simple fruit flavors) Rating: “Ok” Recommendation: “Have a glass or two” Review: Our second Zinfandel of the month was a step down from the Zen of Zin, which kind of surprised me from Cline.  This bottle isn't  bad, but it isn't really good either. The medium …

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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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‘Total Wine & More’ Zinfandel Challenge Kickoff!

Zinfandel Challenge Overview After spending last month in Argentina and France (or at least in Argentinian and French bottles of Malbec), we're coming back to the US this month to explore Zinfandel. Unfortunately, many people still associate Zinfandel with the insipid (my opinion) sweet pink 1980's concoction, "White Zinfandel".  I assure you that White Zinfandel …

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