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.