This is in the same place as the last time I had it. It's good, decent purple color, smooth and a bit of a spicy kick to it. Nothing special, but definitely good enough to stand on its own or with food.
Luscious, inky, oaked Zin. Spicy and smooth - yet plummy/jammy/juicy ---robust enough to pair well with grilled beef tenderloin. Varietally correct and well-balanced. This is one of our favorites, but it merits laying it down for a year or two...it is drinking perfectly at four years old; should drink well into 2015. Style might be a tad jammy/robust (14.8% alcohol) than some would prefer, but it worked well for us.
More than a year since the first bottle, and my opinion hasn't changed with the second. Either this was a bad batch or something is off with the vintage. Inclined to think this has more to do with the huge number of cases that they make of the stuff these days. Nothing special here.
Very jammy, lots of red and dark fruits, berries. There's a fleeting black pepper note in the nose. And there's just a hint of vanilla. There is no strong oak note. It's a nice wine, but not an aggressive Zin.
Continues to drink well - black cherry, bright cherry fruit, plum with a whiff of alchohol on the nose. Cherry, briarry on palate with nice fruit / acid balance, medium tannins and medium+ finish. Great with BBQ. 90-91 range.
Great zin (with a dash of petite sirah, according to the Seghesio website). Nice rich aroma. Big, bold and flavorful. Blackberry and leather with a hint of spice. Soft mouthfeel. Lingering finish. Not sweet.
Dark red colour. Nose: Lots of dark berries, and maybe some vainilla and tobacco. Taste: Rich and round with notes of intense dark berries and a good body. The tannins show up in the finnish, with a little bitterness. Good wine, but too onedimensional.
This was a disappointing bottle. I always find this blue labed Sonoma County bottling to be a reliably delicious no brainer value, but this one was tart, a little harsh and lacked the distinctive balance of fruit and earth I usually enjoy in this wine. Strange.
PnP. Brambly berry predominant, but syrupy and a little too much wood on the nose. Dark berries and vanilla/wood on the palate. Round, medium finish with woody aftertaste. They've changed the formula on this one, and seem to be aiming for mass market, middle shelf appeal. I'll stick with Ted's single-vineyard offerings from here on in.
Very nice Zin....tasted against the Turley Juvenile 2010. Medium body with nice fruit. A little slow to open. Preferred the Turley by a very slight margin. Both are excellent Zins but I felt the Turley was a little smoother and the finish lingered just a little longer.
Too young, too tannic, overly extracted (or just simply mass produced). Not sure if the stemmy-tannic qualities will ever give way to the fruit. Hold for a few years at least, pray to the wine gods it turns into something more palatable. Had a petit verdot earlier that wasn't as huge, tannic, alcoholic, or perfume-y.
Surprising Zin for us. Way more dark and heavy. Tobacco, dark berries, diesel fuel, cigars on the nose. Dark purple heavy plum and burnt cherry. Surprising. Not bad. Jut unexpected. Double decanted which lightened the load. Overall. One and a half Yums on our three yum scale! Knot a love
This Sonoma County gem of a wine is a dark ruby red with a big dark fruit nose, black pepper, caramel with underlying fresh mint. The palate shows a full bodied wine with a clean fresh sweet fruit. The long tannic finish is layered and long lasting. This is a wonderful Zin that should drink well for the next 5 to 7 years.
Enjoyed very much, seems to be improving a bit with some age. Had with fajitas first night and salmon a couple of nights later. Seems to be a young fruity zin at this point. Will be curious if it the fruitiness reduces with time.
This wine won a blind Zin taste competition at my friend's house. Everyone brought a Zin in a brown bag (8 of us) and this was the crowd favorite... Beating out 2 $35 Ridges and a Raumbauer. GREAT Zin for under $20!
med ruby w/ pink rim; med youthfiul, plum, raspberry, vinyl, 5 spice, cranberry; off dry, med+ acid, med+ tannin (grippy and mouth-filling), med+ body/alc, med intensity, med+ finish, plum, cherry; good - some complexity on nose although shows some negative brett, nice fruits on the palate that have some length but stays fairly singular
Tasted side by side with the 2011 vintage over 3 evenings. The 2010 vintage has been a house favorite weeknight drinker, and will remain so. Complex, fruit forward, pleasant to drink right out of the bottle, but continues to develop flavor and depth over time. Stock up on this vintage while still available!
The wine looks Crimson colored. It smells like Blackberry, Raspberry, Black currant (cassis), and Cherry. It tastes like dark fruit and Black Pepper. The body is Full. Good tannin/dryness at the finish.
This bottle was drinking considerably better than previous ones. Jammy and loaded with dark fruit, pepper, spice, and just a hint of licorice. Others have noted some heat, but I did not pick up on that at all. Despite being their lower-level zin, this is a great wine for the price and one that will only improve with a 2-3 yrs in the cellar.
Dark fruits and spice with a little oak -I like this a lot. Went great with pizza and by itself. A little acid showing upon opening but really started to shine 45 minutes later in the decanter. Sad as this was my last bottle- time to buy more. Great QPR.
I really wanted to like this wine more. All the parts were there, but it just didn't come together for me. Little bits and pieces stuck out in unharmonious ways--a little pruney, a little hot. This said, under the rough edges, there was good lush fruit, nice weight, and good Zin character. Good, just not great.
The nose showed ripe berries and cola with holiday spices, buttery crust and a hint of green stems. On the palate it was medium bodied with brisk acidity with notes of ripe mixed berries, but little else. The finish was juicy yet short and left me feeling a little let down. This is far from a bad wine, but it lacks staying power and depth on the palate. If it was a $15 wine, I'd be happy to recommend it.
Lovely bouquet of dark fruit, cigar box and tobacco. Slid but not overpowering backbone of tannins with delicious notes of chocolate, cherry and dark fruits with a hint of tobacco. A bit too much EtOH when first opened but softened and rounded OT nicely with decanting.
Picked up a bottle of this at Costco near Clearwater Beach. It was a clear winner over 4 other bottles consumed that night. Then we ran across it again when dining with friends at Parkshore Grill in St. Petersburg. We grossly overpaid to enjoy two bottles with dinner but at least we knew what we were getting.
The wine looks Violet colored. The legs are Medium. It smells like Plum, and Blackberry. It tastes like Blackberry, Plum, and Chocolate. The body is Medium. The wine has Juicy texture. The wine finishes Medium. Over all I guess I was expecting more based on the community rating and was a little disappointed, expected a longer finish with a little more body. Seemed a bit immature to me... perhaps in a year or so it will have a little more depth. Think there are less expensive wines of similar quality.
Good, middle-of-the-road Zinfandel, and good value. Nice balance between ripe red fruit and spice/pepper elements. Could possibly stand to take a bit more oak. Well balanced, but not particularly complex or noteworthy.
Licorice, pepper, and tobacco. Full bodied. Good mix of jammy dark berries, licorice, pepper/spice, and a bit of oak. Young wine. 90 right now, but in a year or so should be even better, 92-93 possible.
Concentrated blackish purple. First a blast of screwcap reduction, then a big, butch nose, still very young but layers of primary fruit, smoke, herbs. Butch on the palate as well, young, that oily primary feeling, very fat fruit but it's kept in line, excellent acidity and the oak and tannins are barely noticeable. Obviously too young but it's very attractive and already multi-layered and complex. Great effort and surely on its path to greatness in ten or twenty or maybe even thirty years time. But... why screwcap? 90++
For my money and palette, Seghesio consistently maximizes their position in the world's best Zin region. The 2010 is no exception. Outstanding wine for less traditional red food parings, but frankly I prefer to enjoy this one unaccompanied. An excellent example of a California Zin that delivers great value for the dollar.
MUST GET MORE!!!! Going back to one of our "index" wines - nice "Zin" colored wine; bramble fruits, spicebox, a little pepper; fine tannins, medium/long finish; took about 30 minutes to open up. This would be a great barbecue wine.
Deep purple ruby tones with medium intensity aromatics expressing dark berries, sweet black licorice with vanilla spice overtones. A young, vibrant fruit forward wine with black raspberry, mocha latte with vanilla sprinkles. The finish is medium in length and dominated by spicy notes of white black pepper and lingering raspberry fruit. Decent balance tipped more towards fruit yet some tannins and mild acid. Overall good QPR from a California produced known for quality zins.
Popped and poured, other vintages of this have been nicer, but it's always tasty - Dark brick red, full bodied with a nose of blackfruit, berries, bramble, spice and vanilla, decent structure and integration already, sweet, smooth on the palate with very good length, nice and delicious!! (89 Points).
Popped and poured, then serially tasted over the ensuing two hours. The robe is opaque crimson and the nose shows wonderful, classic Zin aromas of blackberries, black pepper and licorice. Full-bodied on the palate, with medium acidity, generous sweet tannins and (assuming a serving temperature of 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit) well-integrated alcohol (listed as 14.8%). The flavors mirror the nose and the middle palate is solid. Long, fairly smooth finish. Some may feel that a year or two in bottle will help to smooth out some of the rough edges on this wine, but (in general) I prefer my Zins young. This fills the bill quite nicely, at a reasonable price. Drink now-12/14.
On the nose: Vanilla, oak, cream, blackberries, sweetness. On the palate: Dense, creamy, sweet, balance, nice acidity, strong structure, powerful. On the finish: Very long lasting finish with the vanilla feelings. Extraordinary!
This is easy to pinpoint that it's a new world wine, especially the zin. However, the overall experience is quite impressive indeed. I don't think my score is too much. However, it could gain further complexity in the cellar for another two years.
Still a little early to drink this, but with 90 minutes in the air, it was really showing its power and depth. Dark fruit and pepper on the nose that punches harder on entry, followed with smoky spice, licorice and cedar mid-palate. Strong tannins that should even out with some more time in the bottle. I'll be checking back in with it after another year in the cellar; WS says wait till 2014 but I don't have that kind of patience. ;-) Drink 2014-2017.
PNP with smoked ribs - very nice - plum, cherry, cherry jam. Medium body with good acids for the fruit. Plum, black cherry & long finish. Would buy again. 90+  No degredation overnight (in cellar under vacu-vin). Very impressed with this wine. Excellent BBQ wine for this summer - 90-91 range.
Apples redux (Lexington, KY): Bright, expressive, spicy dark blue fruit, young alcohol giving a touch of acetone on the nose. Nice texture to palate considering the price point, dark berry compote, woodspice, juicy through the finish. Not too young.
Dark berry aromas with a little herb. Explosive on the palate with blackberry. Tastes tight right now. May need another 6 months to open a little more. Great acidity. Easy to drink. Finish is slightly hot but this may blow off with some air. Very dry and gripping finish.
Bought at Costco, here's the first of our Costco purchases. Very young, but spicy and jammy, not complex but then not priced to be complex. I think a bit acidic, but my score was the lowest of the group. Good value for the price, even in Hawaii.
Dark purple fruit bomb Zin, classic of Seghesio. Although it was early, I wanted to open and drink a 2010 to compare it to previous years. Blueberry pie and vanilla on the nose, a bit of spice and dark berries hidden slightly by overpowering oak and tannins.
Big beautiful zin with all the things that zin should have. Nose is blue berry with bramble with spice. Ripe blueberry fruit that is followed by cooking spice and hint of vanilla finish with oak tannins to give it a great nutty finish. Some pucker from tannin and good acidity to balance the ripeness of the fruit along with the bold alcohol that is powerful and but not too hot on the palate. Good balance provided for the boldness of this delicious fruity zin.
Colour: Purple, medium plus intensity, legs, clear Nose: medium minus intensity, clean, developing. Plum, damson, slight underipe fruit and herbs almost coffee, cream and vanilla Mouth: medium everything...bit dull, plum, grippy tannin, more like a cheap primitivo than a full bodied American zinfandel. Okay...ish...