Another Trader Joe’s exclusive wine, $8. This is a 2011, the vines are at least 30 years old, and it’s from Lodi – one of the key heritage Zin regions in California. I’m having this with some barbequed chicken.
Aroma: smoky bacon and peppercorns – this is 14.5% alcohol, so make sure it’s not too warm, or else you’ll just get heat on the nose.
Taste: this runs spice-fruit-spice as it flows over your tongue; the finish is 15+ seconds of spice, smoke, and cigar box.
This is not quite spicy enough to stand up to a 3-alarm barbeque sauce; it’s better with a smoky-sweet style. Excellent texture and body, and the price is excellent. Recommended!