It’s Christmas, y’all!
I hope everyone out there is having a good time with their loved ones close by.
I just wanted to take a moment to share what we’re drinking right now…
This is the Artezin 2009 Mendocino County Zinfandel. I picked it up at the local grocery store this morning for 12 bucks.
Let’s see how it turned out…
Color: Dark ruby red.
Nose: Bright blackberry fruit.
Taste: That same, bright blackberry fruit is very present on the front palate. There’s a whole lot of splintery, oaky tannins with a hint of vanilla. There’s a rich of green pepper and clove on the tail end.
Score: Look… For 12 bucks, you can’t get mad at this wine. It would do just fine with a heavy Italian meal. I was just expecting more. Wine Spectator has been loving the hell out of the 2010 Artezin, so if you’re thinking about picking up a bottle, try that. As far as the 2009, with its poor use of oak, one-dimensional fruit, and thin finish… I’m giving it an 85. You can do better.
Merry Christmas, y’all!
What’s in your glass?