Staff Wine Review
Pour And Enjoy But Don’t Linger
What a great price for a blackberry-rich Zin. But, don’t leave it open overnight. Just give it some time or aeration on the front end but not too long. This would be a great choice for the “red” to go with grilled hamburgers for a large crowd. At this price, it’s hard to beat in that role. At 4 to 5 glasses per bottle, do the math. For some more complex Zins check these out.
Canyon Oaks Zinfandel
Price Paid – $4.99
Date Reviewed – 11/17/17
Where Purchased – Total Wines
Varietal or Type – Zinfandel
Vintage Year – 2014
Appellation – California
Winery/Brand – Canyon Oaks Vineyards
Bottle Size – 750 ML
Alcohol – 13%
Cork? – Composition
Pour it and taste – Blackberry aroma, a whiff of Sulfur. Tannins. Berries. Medium finish.
Aerator +5 Minutes – Lots of berries. Sulfur is now gone. The tannins smoothed right out. Some subtle spice with the berries on the finish.
Decanter + 30 Minutes – Berries are now restrained. A bit of heat and drying on the finish. Tannins more apparent.
Overall – Nice juicy berries show up after the aeration and 5 minutes, but 30 in a decanter is too long. This is one where an aerator is very useful or maybe 5- 10 minutes in a decanter.
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