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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 

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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

Moss Roxx Ancient Vine Reserve Zinfandel 2013

img_0006Cost Plus World Market, $19.99

Oak Ridge Winery Website

Wine.com


Aaron:  I’ve never really been disappointed with Moss Roxx and this was pretty good as well.  There was some brown sugar and fig with blueberry undertones.  Dark tobacco was wrapped around berries which were bursting with juice and chocolate.  There was a hint of woody notes at the finish but as expected, this is your traditional, big, lodi zin.  90 points

Teri: Moss Roxx is one of the bottles I go to when I want an easy to drink but hearty red wine. The nose is jammy with undertones of nutmeg and cinnamon. You can taste more baking spices on the wine flavor with dark raspberry, vanilla, and plum. A ‘traditional’ California jammy zinfandel; Fruit forward with structured but smooth tannins. If you are a wine drinker who likes pinot’s or other medium-bodied red wines, this is a good bottle to try if you want something a little bolder. 90 points 

 

Our post of the 2007 Vintage

Our post on the 2010 Vintage

Pintuck Vermentino 2015

7a6fcb67-6790-472d-9f8c-bc86536974ecLot 18, $14.99 

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Aaron:  This features mango. … Building on that, there was a nutty melon nose with buttery citrus flavor making for a smooth, vanilla and toffee taste. There was a little bit of sour apple at the end but overall this was flooded with the tropical fruit.  90 points

Teri: This was a brand new type of grape I have not tasted prior to this bottle; On first impression, I am a fan. The wine is semi-tart with crisp acidity and smooth flavors of peach and vanilla on the finish. I also tasted flavors of line and stone fruit in the flavor profile with quality lingering flavor after the swallow. Semi-dry and fruit forward, all around wonderful. 90 points.