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OZV (Old Zin Vines) 2015 Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel

 

IMG_0703.JPGOak Ridge Website, $12.99

World Market, $13.99

BevMo, $12.49

Total Wine & More, $9.79

Vivino Info


Aaron:  Dark bark and cocoa on the nose predicated an extremely fruity flavor.  Tons of rich, dark blackberries overpower the taste buds and slide away on a smooth velvety finish of vanilla.  This is just a luscious, juicy wine.   91 points

Teri: Juicy raspberry nose with flavors of blended cherry, black pepper, and more raspberry. Bold and flavorful with hearty but smooth tannins. This one is versatile enough to enjoy on its own but will also stand up to your hearty meat meals. 90 points 

Check out our post for the 2009 vintage

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The Bellhop Petite Sirah 2014

Lot 18, $17


Aaron:  This has a floral nose with dark, dry wood and thorny berries.  The flavor is pretty big with lots of thick tar, tobacco, and leather.  Some black molasses and hints of berries follow but this is really best for those who don’t want a very fruit-forward wine.  90 points

Teri: Leather and black current on the nose. A night blend of pepper, fruit and blueberry leather (if there is even such a thing). 88 points. 

The Seven Deadly Zins 2014

Michael David Winery, $16

Trader Joes, $12.99

Total Wine & More, 10.97

BevMo, $14.99


Aaron: This was one of four wines in our blind tasting for fun.  It ranked second for me because of its solid flavor and good finish.  I can’t say I would run out and buy it again but it was pleasant.  89 points

Teri: This zinfandel has a sweeter blueberry nose and flavors of cocoa, leather, oak and dark raspberry. Full bodied with pleasant medium tannins and a smooth finish. 89 points 

3 Girls Pinot Noir

img_0586Wine.com, $14.99

Total Wine & More, $9.79

World Market, $12.99


Aaron: I’d like to meet the three girls and thank them for inspiring a great Pinot!  The nose was a flood of berries while the flavor boasted a perfectly toasted bark.  This reminded me of a nice campfire but the smokiness was complimentary instead of overwhelming.  A layer of sweet, black fruits made this very appealing and hints of vanilla and raspberry on the finish made it simply excellent.  92 points

Teri: This is another great staple from the Oak Ridge family of wines. Cinnamon, clove, and spice in the smell….mmmmm…. I tasted flavors of red apple, cocoa, raspberry and plum on the finish. Medium body with noticeable tannins. This bottle is on the heartier side of a pinot (for those who are regular pinot drinkers) and for the price is a terrific deal. 90 points 

Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin 2014

Gnarly Head Old Vine ZinGnarly Head Website

Total Wine & More, $7.97

BevMo, $9.99

Wine Enthusiast, $12


Aaron:  When looking for an easy-to-find, affordable wine, I generally trust Gnarly head and this was no different.  Big fruity nose (as expected) and a juicy, easy drinking flavor.  There was still some good thickness and overwhelming berries, featuring black, red, and purple fruits.  This is not complex by any measure but it’s flexible and a good pick up, making it a great value in my opinion.  92 points

Teri: Slight tartness on the first sip leads the way to fill flavors but soft tannins and high drinkability. I taste mostly blackberry with some woody oak. It is rich but not overwhelmingly complex. If you want a fully bodied wine which is a good value at a decent price, this is your go-to. 88 points 

Check out our previous review of the 2012 Gnarly Head Vintage

OR the 2010 Gnarly Head Vintage