Zig Zag Zin and Valley of the Moon 2008 Zinfandels are remarkably good, similar in attributes, and close in price.
The color is an indistinguishably clear orange-red to ruby.
The aroma is a warm cinnamon and clove, and though Zig-Zag and Valley of the Moon have red cherry on the nose, Valley of the Moon also has hints of damson plum; they remain remarkably alike.
Both have good acidity, mild tannin, are very dry, and finish with a touch of heat (14.5% alcohol) and spice, all this carried on a medium body.
The difference is in the flavor:
Zig Zag Zin. Mendocino County "Old Vine" Zinfandel, $13.99-$18.99, 88 points, is a focused blend of red fruit and spice, is a harmonious and balanced wine without any annoying flavors.
Valley of the Moon Sonoma County (Produced and Bottled) 2008 Zinfandel, $10.80-$14.58 (Bought at Hannaford's Super Market), 88 points, has a more pronounced flavor profile, with striking red fruit and plum, but soon after pouring I noticed a faint off note that seemed to fade with air.
As for the Quality-Price-Ratio (QPR), that too is indistinguishable.
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