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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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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

Tobin James Ballistic Zinfandel 2013

T734291fa-9b19-430f-ab0e-59c7fb882b8dobin James Website, $18

Wine Searcher Website 

Total Wine, $18.49


Aaron:  I enjoyed this, great easy-to-find, appealing wine.  Dark moss and mulberry flooded the nose with some plum dancing in the background.  The flavor was juicy with red and purple fruits followed by leather and velvet.  There was a slight bitterness at the end which made me pucker but wasn’t bad.  89 points.

Teri: Raspberry nose with hints of plum, this fruit forward zinfandel is hearty with flavors of plum and oak that sit on the back of the mouth. Additional flavors of sweet oak, blackberry and white pepper round out the bottle for a juicy and delicious option to add to your dinner with friends. 90 points 

Moss Roxx Ancient Vine Reserve Zinfandel 2013

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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

Palette Ridge Old Vine Zinfandel 2012

Palette Ridge Old Vine Zinfandel 2012Lot 18, $15.33

Palette Ridge on Wine Searcher


Aaron:  This was awesome!  Light brown tree bark and some black olives on the intriguing nose with full, rich flavors of vanilla and blueberry.  This was very drinkable and while warming on the swallow was not harsh at all. Well worth $15! 93 points

Teri: This old vine zinfandel is easy to drink but still provides a full round flavor. Older vines, like this one, bring out smooth flavors of juicy plum, white pepper, and blackberry. The time in the barrel also yields undertones of oak throughout. I found the vanilla and blackberry nose pleasant and overall a bottle that is easy to enjoy. 89 points