Monday, November 15, 2010

A Tale Of Two Zins

It was nearly the worst of Zins and nearly the best of Zins, a tale of opposites; two wines so different, so opposite, one drinkable with almost anything and by itself, the other almost not drinkable at all.

Frey 2008 Mendocino Zinfandel, $11.04, 75 points, might be labeled Medicine County California. The label says, in part, it is delicious, jammy, dry fruit, and ripe berries, but when it mentions cherry, it should mean one of the Luden's cherry cough drops with a 13.9% alcohol splash.

Frey advertises its wine as organic, but if that was my reason for drinking wine, I would quit.

Maybe the problem for my negative experience with their 2008 Zin was I had just finished a bottle of Four Vines Biker Paso Robles 2008 Zinfandel and the comparison was too much for the Frey.

FourVines Biker 2008 Paso Robles Zinfandel, $24.99, 90 points, now this is a Zinfandel, deep red, and cooking spice on the nose, luscious drink-ability with gobs of gamy fruit, having a somewhat wild early palate flavors; tames as it goes down in an easy and fair spice finish.

Again, Paso Robles sports a Dry Creek-type wine having plenty of spice. I can't wait until this Zin goes on sale, but being that Four Vine's web says that it is sold out, I just might not get that chance. So, if you haven't tried this Zin, get to it.


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