Trader Joe’s Coastal Zin

As I’ve mentioned before, it was California Zinfandel that really got me started on wines and wine exploration.  Thus, I have a soft spot in my heart for the varietal.  Of course, not all Zins are created equal.

Winemaker:  Trader Joe’s
Wine: T.J. Coastal Zinfandel
Vintage: 2013
Varietal:  Zinfandel
Appellation:  Central Coast, CA
Price: $4.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  The color of this Zin from the Central Coast was a medium garnet with definite brownish tinges.  On the nose I caught scents of berries, earth and pine resin.  It was uncharacteristically (and for me unsatisfyingly) light-bodied with decent acidity.  Alcohol was at 13.9%.  On the palate, I tasted red fruit toward the front end followed by pepper and copious woodiness.  The finish was mostly bitter but also held echoes of cherry drops.  No doubt it would do fine with a plate of pasta or another casual meal.  I personally prefer more body and structure in a Zin, but you can’t beat the price.

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