2012 Thomas Coyne Lodi Zinfandel SKU #1247274

Price: $14.99

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Tasting Notes

Back in August of last year I was approached by Anne Marie Coyne-Kashkooli, the daughter of Thomas Coyne, who was curious if we were interested in buying a large lot from the Thomas Coyne Winery. To hear that name was a blast from the past for me. For years before I came to K&L I sold the wines out of a little shop in Berkeley that I helped run, and they were always wildly popular with our customers. They were wines of zero pretense, full of charm and ease--so I was all ears. Turned out Thomas, who had been the moving force of the winery, had passed away, and the family decided not to continue the business. I hadn't had the wines in years. Thomas loved making wine and finding great vineyards in not-so-famous areas, but he wasn't much for pounding the pavement and selling his wines outside of the winery. Tasting the wines again I was reminded of why they were always so successful: they are great table wines with enough fruit and exuberance to drink as cocktail wines; they are spot on for their varietals; and they have so much verve and unassuming beauty. So Anne Marie and I worked through all of the details, and we've selected a handful of wines that we think our customers will love. The kicker is we are bringing all of these wines to you for deeply discounted prices! (Bryan Brick, K&L)

Staff Reviews

  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    It was good to get more Thomas Coyne Zinfandel in after we blew through the last shipment. This batch will probably go just as fast. Ripe dark fruit with notes of berry and bramble meet spice for a classic California Zin. Still, this is a little rustic and natural, not just a jammy bottle of juice. Here is a Zinfandel that tastes easygoing and not over-produced; it will go very fast so grab a few.
  • Bryan Brick
    By: Bryan Brick
    K&L Staff Member
    The Coyne 2012 California Zin, a wine that sold out almost instantly on our last Coyne e-mail, was something of a revelation. It reminded us of a different era of Zinfandel, one where high alcohol, high sugar and high oak levels were not the norm, instead just the friendly, fruity, exuberance of Zinfandel was plenty. After all why mess with something that is already delicious, it would be like marinating a ribeye in teriyaki sauce, just totally unnecessary. The new 2012 Lodi Zin is fully in the same arena. The transparent magenta color is what first struck me about this wine being that the idea that you could see through a Zin these days is a minor revelation. Tangy red currant, wet gravel, and Peking duck combine with a peppery spiced core on the nose. This straightforward, no-frills approach to the grape is also widely apparent on the palate, with no added weight from heavy-handed oak or unfermented sugars. This is Zinfandel as a table wine, screaming for food but still having plenty of generous raspberry coulis, black tea, dusty cherry and building milk chocolate flavors that charm. For $15 this is one of the best Domestic values we have currently in-stock.
  • Jim Barr
    By: Jim Barr
    K&L Staff Member
    As with all of Thomas Coyne’s wines, this is a classic example of what Zinfandel should be like, with its opulent aromas of currant to cherry-like fruit notes with undertones of cedary oak. This Gem is a wonderful Zin that shouldn’t be missed. It has amazing balance and intregration of fruit and tannin, superb depth of flavor, and lushness that carries over beautifully to a long, satisfying finish. Rusty has ordered more than three cases of this Gem from our Web-site for me to bring home for our enjoyment for the next three to five years. GREAT, GREAT VALUE! ***** ABV, NA *****
    Drink from 2016 to 2020


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