Monday, May 14, 2012
Alexander Valley Vineyards Sin Zin 2009
There’s a story to tell in every bottle of wine, but the origins of Sin Zin are a great tale. It was first made in 1978 for family use only. The label represents a German etching from1843 meaning “The Horn of Plenty.”
The wine became a cult favorite when it was brought to market in the early 1980s. Then between 1984 and 1988 it was not produced in favor of a lighter zinfandel that had about the same success as New Coke. The wine returned in 1989.
This vintage from California’s Alexander Valley is deep and fruity, with a splash of petite sirah added. It’s very big and very smooth, just what a good zinfandel should be.
Sherry: “Big and bold with black cherry, raspberry and a touch of cocoa.” 3-1/2 stars
Chris: “Raspberry and cherry flavors layered in very smooth tannins.” 3-1/2 stars
Available locally for about $13
Coming next week: Ravenswood Cabernet
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