I'm in L.A. currently and taking advantage of the broadened wine pleasures. BevMo, a big wine chain, has a 5 cent sale periodically where you buy one bottle for the regular price and and second one costs 5 cents. So I checked it out and happened to walk in to a wine tasting in the store. For $2, I had a flight of 6 of the wines that are part of the 5 cent sale wines. Nice way to be greeted in the City of Angels. Problem is, 4 of these wines were plonk, one S. Blanc was okay, and one Chardonnay was worth the $10 price tag.
This Zin is one of the 5 cent sale wines.
It is too light in color for a typical Zin, yielding lighter, rustic berry notes and too much alcohol.
Palate--Way out of balance for a Zin of this age and is mostly alcohol with a little fruit, a touch of mocha and a bitter finish.
The "regular" price on this wine is $20 and for a nickel more, you get a second. Too bad...
Reality check--This wine is harsh, bland and would be better priced at $4. Caveat emptor!