Among the selections I bought to have handy for holiday celebrations, I grabbed a bottle of this very inexpensive red. It was on sale at my local grocery. I’ve had a number of other selections by Barefoot cellars. Originally started by two folks with no wine industry experience, this brand (now under the auspices of E&J Gallo) has reportedly become the largest wine brand in the world.
Appellation: Lodi, California
Notes: It had a dark red color and scents of sous bois, berries and dirt. Acidity was pretty good and alcohol was at 13.5%. Flavors I found in this medium-bodied Zin were blackberry, moss, blueberry, and a touch of pepper. Tannins were very light. Decent for the price. Could have done with more structure, especially given the tease of a Lodi appellation.