Tasting Notes for Zinny

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Red
7/18/2012 - Zinny wrote:
This is a very nice wine and still very young. I wouldn't go as far as to say undrinkable, but it's definitely a vibrant, youthful wine at this point. Decanting would be a plus. Rich notes of vanila, strong fruit, very full bodied but not a fruit bomb - plenty of acidity and tannin to round out the palate. I happen to be enjoying this wine with some crackers but a nice, grilled sirloin would be more appropriate.
Red
6/15/2011 - Zinny wrote:
This bottle was showing wonderfully. The mouthfeel is less lush than when this wine first came out but the flavors are more complex. There were notes of cherry, grape skins, cinnamon and barnyard funk. This wine is still going strong.
Red
6/11/2011 - Zinny wrote:
92 points
This has been a bit of a variable wine for me but this bottle was bordering on stunning. I don't know if it's in a really good place right now or just a good bottle but this wine was initially a bit grapey on opening but quite soft. It then opened up into a really delicious mix of dark red fruits and dusty gravel. The mouthfeel is extremely luxurious and the wine is balanced and cohesive.
Red
1/29/2011 - Zinny wrote:
Extremely delicious Syrah that is neither too ripe and extracted nor too lean and vegetal. It's nicely balanced with a good dose of the varietal "meatiness" that I love. I would say I opened this bottle quite a bit too soon as it was really tight and unyielding until the second day.
Red
1/19/2011 - Zinny wrote:
92 points
Delicious and drinking well now. Lots of bright, juicy fruit with earth and a hint of florals on the nose. Really good wine.
Red
12/28/2010 - Zinny wrote:
Very tight on opening. Undrinkable at dinner so it sat for a while. After about 12 hours in the decanter it was really nice. Lots of soft cherry and rose petal flavors mixed in with hints of earth, tobacco and herbs. Nicely floral and very pretty.
Red
12/25/2010 - Zinny wrote:
Bright cherry fruit, lots of acidity and nice hints of secondary flavors. This wine is drinking well but should have plenty of time left.
Red
12/25/2010 - Zinny wrote:
87 points
Quite good but perhaps the fruit is a little gone. Tart cherry flavors with big notes of forest floor and tea. A good match with food but not really what I would call "delicious".
Red
2000 Le Macchiole Paleo Rosso Bolgheri Superiore Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
12/5/2010 - Zinny wrote:
Delicious wine with lots of varietal characteristics but with a unique and interesting interpretation. Foremost is delicious fruit and velvety mouthfeel but this wine is not plump. The fruit is dark with notes of cherry skins and cooked strawberries. Co-mingling with the fruit are bits of minerals and hints of stewed vegetables. Interesting and delicious. A dreadful match with peperoni pizza.
Red
11/10/2010 - Zinny wrote:
This wine is showing a lot more wood than I expected. I'm not really sure what's going on with this bottle but I would have to disagree with RP's 92 and call this a quite mediocre effort. Mouthfeel is good, fruit is ok, finish is medium, tannins are medium-soft. I get a lot of ripe, dark fruit, some vegetal notes and a pretty distracting shot of oak.
Red
10/28/2010 - Zinny wrote:
This was pretty tight on the pop and pour but opened up a good but within the hour. To me, it was kind of underwhelming. Not really bad but just totally average - just another domestic red blend with a bit too much ripeness and a bit too much oak and not a whole lot else going on. I paid $28 for this wine which was probably fair - you can find wines at much lower and higher price points that taste nearly identical. Would not buy again.
Red
10/27/2010 - Zinny wrote:
I really enjoyed this - my first Merlot from this region. I found it full of bright red fruit, lively acidity with herbal notes as well as notes of leather and cocoa on the finish. I've been drinking a lot of California merlot lately and this wine sort of slapped me in the face - reminding me what wine *can* be when it's a bit more serious.
Red
10/19/2010 - Zinny wrote:
Haven't had many Brunello's but I enjoyed this. It was light but concentrated, almost (but not) Pinot-esque. Lots of flavors of cherry, cherry skins and even something like apple skins. Also some mushroomy funk that makes it undeniably old world Italian. Maybe not a lot of complexity but a very nice wine for the price ($30).
Red
10/18/2010 - Zinny wrote:
This is my fourth and last bottle of this wine and my final judgement is - "just ok". I like the taste of the fruit and the wine seems well made but it's a little bitter, a little bit simple, maybe a little hot. It has mellowed a bit with a year in the bottle but there doesn't really seem to be anything worth waiting for. A good tasting wine, for sure, but falls short of the Pride reputation and is not a great deal at it's $60 release price.
Red
10/6/2010 - Zinny wrote:
In the last 2 years since I tasted this wine, it has lost a lot of baby fat. It is still young and powerful and still better on the second day but now there is a slightly less full mouthfeel and there are little notes of brown sugar and tiny hints of forest floor developing. Very focused. Just a hint of varietal funkiness. This would be a great wine to have with gourmet burgers or maybe pot roast, stew or meatloaf.
Red
9/18/2010 - Zinny wrote:
Agree with my note from 5/30. Very tight on day 1, much better on day 2. More of a red fruited, lighter cab with some herbal notes. Delicious (in my opinion) if not overly serious. This might be a better match with pork than beef.
Red
6/8/2010 - Zinny wrote:
This has to be the "grapey-est" tasting Cabernet Sauvignon I've ever tasted. Very "purple" tasting. Just some inexpensive sourced grapes, cheap wine making and fancy bottle/label. Reminds me more of an under $10 supermarket "red blend" than a Napa Cabernet except, perhaps, the weight of the bottle. Nice if you need to fight your way out after dinner but, really, how often does that come up?
Red
6/2/2010 - Zinny wrote:
I enjoyed this bottle more than the last (as far as I remember, anyway). No heat detected on the nose this time - just a smooth drinking, red fruited Napa blend that offers plenty of fruit and yet remains quite balanced. There are dusty notes of cocoa on the long, grippy finish. Delicious but not complex. I would be all over this wine at $20-30 but $50 is a lot. It's not expensive compared to other Napa Cabs but, IMO, a lot of Napa Cabs are overpriced.
Red
5/30/2010 - Zinny wrote:
Very tight and structured on day 1. The nose was great but the palate was just not giving much. On the second day the wine is much fuller, more open and quite delicious - with nice red fruit, nice (IMO) oak treatment and a long, grippy finish.
Red
5/30/2010 - Zinny wrote:
This bottle showed a lot better than my last with nice cherry fruit and a polite demeanor. A very elegant wine if not overly complex.
Red
5/17/2010 - Zinny wrote:
92 points
Amazing nose of strawberries and fresh cracked pepper. More strawberries, dark red fruit, spice and pepper on the palate - a hint of coffee on the finish. Great balance. Long finish. Very compelling and powerful without hitting you in the face with fruit. I really enjoyed this bottle of wine.
Red
5/12/2010 - Zinny wrote:
Nose of dark red fruit, a little funk and some spice. The palate offers very pure flavors of dark red fruit along with spice and floral hints. Medium-light in body, med+ acidity, lengthy finish. Overall, I think it's a very nice wine and drinking well now. I think it has the structure to last, but I'm not sure about the fruit.
Red
5/9/2010 - Zinny wrote:
Dark fruit, spice and vanilla on the nose. Nice mouthfeel with flavors of dark fruit, and, perhaps oddly, a hint of cinnamon. I like this wine quite a bit - it's a stand-out at it's price-point.
Red
4/30/2010 - Zinny wrote:
Tasted over 3 days. Still a lot of tannin and acid, but nice flavors of blackberry liquer, cocoa and spice. On the 3rd day it is softened up but still going strong.
Red
4/28/2010 - Zinny wrote:
91 points
Young with firm tannins but still enjoyable. The nose is probably the best part with perfume-y dark fruit and a hint of leather and spice. The palate has dark cherry fruit with a slight note of tea and licorice. Paired really well with chicken cacciatore.
Red
4/26/2010 - Zinny wrote:
This wine started out very funky on the pop and pour. 'Chili peppers and armpits', 'old raisins in a vacuum cleaner bag' and 'licorice and feet' were some of the images conjured up by the nose. Thankfully, the funk blew off after about an hour and the wine went through many transformations during the 2 days I had it open. At times it was elegant and striking. At times thought-provoking or wierd. In general the palate offered maraschino cherry fruit, licorice, florals and spice, dust and a definite oak influence that I have tasted before in a few wines but is not like California. The oak treatment reminds of me of something like a traditional (vs modern) Rhone. All in all, I really liked it. It might have been more interesting than good but I am glad to have another bottle to try in the future.
Red
4/21/2010 - Zinny wrote:
I would put this in the category of "special wednesday night" wine. You know . . like maybe you finished that big project at work or maybe there's something really good on tv. Nothing truly special but an occassion that warrants something more than the typical eight dollar swill I usually bust out mid-week. That's a niche this wine fills PERFECTLY. It's delicious, a little bit complex, could go with a variety of foods, just a small snack or even on it's own. Great wine to have around the house.
Red
4/20/2010 - Zinny wrote:
Really pretty nose with florals and some spice. Not a huge nose at this point but what is there is nice. The tannins are quite hard and, on the first day, the wine was undrinkable. The fruit was pure but the strong tannin made it hard to identify many flavors. On day 2 it's still quite unyielding but I am starting to get notes of tea, cherries and bitter chocolate. I think this wine probably has a ways to go before it reaches it's prime drinking window. I think it easily will be a 92+ pt wine when it does.
Rosé - Sparkling
4/19/2010 - Zinny wrote:
Beautiful salmon pink color, fine beading, not much of a nose. The palate has flavors of strawberries and citrus with an element of creaminess but definitely not 'creamy'. This is a great value. As a fun, inexpensive, casual sparkling wine, this is hard to beat.
Red
4/16/2010 - Zinny wrote:
This is alright. On a different day it could probably seem better but today, for some reason, it seems kind of over-ripe and boring. A lot of oak but not super-over-oaked, though, which is a plus. The oak is mostly what you taste, though, because fruit is kind of . . .blah. I will give it 27 points on a scale of 5 to 48.

EDIT: Only 1 glass of this was consumed when the wine was opened. It was then left abandoned on the counter for 4 days. I finished it up tonight and it was quite a bit better than on day 1. Today, on day 4, it is much softer, more integrated and more focused. The overt oaky-ness is gone, replaced by a cocoa-tinged component. The fruit has a really nice cooked raspberry flavor. It is only just starting to fall apart - should've had it yesterday. Based on today, I would give it a 49 on a scale of 11 to 61.
Red
4/15/2010 - Zinny wrote:
I really like Nalle Zinfandels. The vintages I've tried, at least, display a more floral and feminine expression of the variety. This wine evolved over several hours and, at times, was really pretty with floral-tinged notes of vanilla on the nose and smooth cherry and dark bramble fruit on the palate. At other times it was a bit awkward with notes of spice or vegetals and alcohol showing through. If anything, I might buy one more bottle to lay down long term just because I like Nalle and would like to see where this wine is headed.
Red
4/13/2010 - Zinny wrote:
Spicy, rich and full bodied. I find this wine to be good but not great. Serviceable with grilled meats or other bold dishes but very average for a wine at this price point.
Red
4/10/2010 - Zinny wrote:
90 points
It's odd how my palate seems to gravitate towards "old world styled wines from the new wolrd", but this really pushes all my buttons. Taught, nervy fruit with a lot of acid and secondary flavors. Long, grippy finish.
Red
2007 Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Blend, Zinfandel (view label images)
4/7/2010 - Zinny wrote:
I like this wine except it has notes of liqueur or even brandy which is a real turn-off for me. Just a bit too much alcohol showing through.
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Red
4/3/2010 - Zinny wrote:
Ten dollar price tag not withstanding, this wine left me wanting more. It has decent body and some nice spicey notes but, overall, is grapey and kind of fake tasting. Would not buy again.
Red
3/26/2010 - Zinny wrote:
Definitely very young now. Some florals on the nose. the palate is tomato juice with strong notes of herbs and licorice. Tannins and acid levels are quite high. Still very tight on the second day. Needs time.
Red
3/10/2010 - Zinny wrote:
This really suited my mood tonight. Big but not without elegance. Loaded with black and blue fruit with hints of spice, smoke, coffee and vanilla. The wine is lush, mouth-filling and amazingly well balanced. There is barely an indication of the whopping 16% abv. I don't always want a big wine but, when I do, I want a wine like this.
Red
3/10/2010 - Zinny wrote:
90 points
This wine is showing really well now. Far more balanced, integrated and sophisticated than when I tasted it last. Definitely has lost some of the richness of the mouthfeel. Really nice cherry fruit framed by notes of coffee, spices and toasted nuts. Soft tannins, medium body, medium acidity and lengthy finish. It's a little thin and lacking of depth to garner stratospheric scores but it's got a lot going for it - a very solid wine, in my opinion.
Red
3/7/2010 - Zinny wrote:
Nice for the price but has more than a hint of that dirty banana peel/bubblegum component I get from so many Beaujolais wines. Outside of that, it's quite lovely with red fruit, crushed minerals and florals. I don't know if it's carbonic maceration or what . .but I don't like that banana peel thing. It ruins it for me.
Red
3/2/2010 - Zinny wrote:
This bottle definitely did not show as well I remember. When first opened, it was so tannic and acidic and devoid of anything pleasurable that it was not drinkable. On the second day it has mellowed considerably and some cherry fruit is showing. But the fruit is simple tart cherries and spice with some heat showing on the back end. It's definitely not corked but perhaps something else has gone wrong with this bottle.
White - Off-dry
A bit softer than the last bottle if memory serves - with striking flavors of soft white peach, honeyed apple and a hint of brown sugar and ginger. Also a hint of petrol on the finish.
Red
2/26/2010 - Zinny wrote:
This is a nice Cabernet at the $25 price point. It's not the most complex tasting wine but it delivers solid, taut cabernet fruit with cherry, current and a touch of mint. The fruit is framed with hints of spicy cocoa. I found this wine in the "premium wine" section of my supermarket alongside such wines as Frog's Leap, Grgich Hills, Krug, etc. I think this compares very favorably for the price.
Red
2/13/2010 - Zinny wrote:
Quite tart and closed on the pop and pour but opened up nicely after about 4 hours open in the bottle. The nose is a really well balanced blend of dark fruit and spice. On the palate, it's a bit less unctuous than the nose suggests but not thin. Good flavors of dusty dark and red fruit with a tart note on the finish. More polished and refined than most CdR.
Red
2006 Les Fiefs de Lagrange St. Julien Red Bordeaux Blend (view label images)
1/23/2010 - Zinny wrote:
Nose: Charcoal and red fruit with a hint of floral and spice. The nose seems younger than the palate, which is suprisingly soft and smooth. Flavors of red fruit, charcoal, green-leaf vegetables and forest floor. Decently long finish. Available from various sources from $17-34 makes it a screaming deal or a total pass . .depending on your shop's price. I like it for $25 and under.
Red
1/16/2010 - Zinny wrote:
93 points
Powerfull and balanced, this wine has a nose of charcoal, redfruit and smoke. Silky in the mouth, the flavors are of dark red cherry and strawberry fruit, leather and spice. Very powerfull but silky and balaned. Good acidity. Lengthy finish. Really great wine.
Rosé - Sparkling
1/16/2010 - Zinny wrote:
Very pretty in the glass - pale pink with hints of orange. Some bisquit on the nose but mostly a clean smell. Minerality but no florals to speak of. It's fine on the palate, with petrol-tinged flavors of orange and strawberry. Rather lean and taught but, for me, very interesting and quite delicious. Not a creamy champagne.
Red
1/3/2010 - Zinny wrote:
This is a nice little wine for $10. Dark fruited and peppery, a little dustiness, good acidity. A little thin-bodied and simple but would be a good companion with a variety of food.
Red
1/2/2010 - Zinny wrote:
I've had this wine on two occasions and, in both instances, have found it to be extremely enjoyable. With it's fesh red friut, strong acidity and mineratliy - It seems like it can go with almost any food. Had it tonight with a roast pork loin. Solid value - great weeknight wine.
Red
1/1/2010 - Zinny wrote:
Somewhat light and simple for a Napa Cab, this wine is still quite enjoyable for me. I like the brightness of the fruit and the dusty smoothness of the finish. It was absolutely killer with a ham sandwich and bowl of chicken soup. Compared to your average $50 Napa Cab this almost seems like a different varietal. This wine, of course, is in the $25 price range where there is more mass production, bottle variation and varying flavor profiles. Compared to other Napa Cabs in this price range, I'd say this wine is an average to good QPR. I probably wouldn't buy it again.
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