In full disclosure, this was the third bottle of the night, but amongst a small crowd of people that really wasn’t a factor; nobody had had too much in that time. What may have played a part in this wine proving such a disappointment was the relatively high quality of the wines consumed prior, though that shouldn’t be a factor either. This budget bottle was selected in the hopes that it would show us something special, but it fell flat.
After a boring nose came a flimsy and plush wine, soft, lacking character and any real structure for the utter absence of tannins. Jammy to a fault, it boasted none of the familiar spices and little of note on the flavor profile. Simply put, this is one of the most disappointing Zinfandels from Lodi I’ve ever had.
At $10/bottle, it’s not poison, but the money would be better put towards a good beer or two in my opinion. 75 points on my scale.