Saturday, April 14, 2012

Of Mice and Zin.

That's a horrible title for this post, but it's the first one that came to mind. Deal with it.

Sometimes we have a wine that just sits on the shelf, ignored by everyone and bullied by its neighbors. I would like to introduce you to one of those wines today and tell you about it from my perspective in complete and utter "plain" language. No fancy speak here, just me.

The suspect:
Christian Lazo, 2008 Paso Zin - Paso Robles, California

This is the label, do you recognize it from the shoppe? 
From all the times that you ignored it, and its feelings?

I was lucky enough to have my sister-in-law visiting me when I tasted this, she takes her tasting very seriously.

As you can tell.

It's always a good idea to taste wine in a group, you may be able to pick out a characteristic that someone else didn't notice and vice versa.

This Zin is good. It's a good wine, it's interesting and flamboyant while not being complicated. It changes every few minutes. My tasting partner was surprised at how the taste varied from when we first poured to fifteen  minutes later. I told her that I wouldn't know because, who has wine left in their glass fifteen minutes later? Right?

The first thing I noticed about this Zin is that the tannins were so soft that they might as well not exist, full flavor when you first sip and then smooth from there on out. If I had to use one word to describe this black, inky Zinfandel from Paso it would be "enjoyable". At $20 a bottle, that's a pretty good thing. ($18 if you are a Cork Club member...which you are. Right?)

Plus, the label is basically graffiti so you get instant street cred.


Don't drink and drive. Don't drink bad wine.


Amber is the manager of UnWINEd - a boutique wine shoppe. She works there all of the time...unless it's her day off. She loves to give advice on things that you don't care about but should. For that she says, "You're welcome."

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