Gregory Dal Piaz

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Top 5 Zinfandel Under $15

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Folie Deux à Chardonnay Napa Valley (2009)
Comments: There’s a lot of caramel and licorice on the nose early on though it is joined by black cherry, plum and a little bit of a bouillon note with time. This is smooth and soft with plenty of cherry and strawberry fruit layered over lightly toasty and spicy oak. There’s lovely balance here, both structurally and with the flavors. While this may not blow anyone away, it’s a really well done bottle of Zin that shows off the wine’s fruity side without turning monolithic. The finish shows a bit of darker fruit but the tannins remain soft and the hint of sugar here drives the finish to a red currant jam/cocoa powder finale. 88pts
Average price: $16.99 from 5 stores
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2 Karly Zinfandel Amador County Pokerville (2009)
Comments: This is brimming with rich black fruit and bramble aromas that hint at some spice herb notes over a base of pepper. Very plump on entry, this is a soft wine that is smooth and polished. A bed of super fine tannins and decent acidity help to support rich, slightly chewy black cherry fruit that shows an attractive early spice note. Slightly more medicinal and perhaps lightly cola scented on the back end, this drifts off on the finish with creamy, blackberry and cherry flavors that continue to show a nice spice accent. Easy to drink and good bang for the buck. 87pts
Previously available for $12.40
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3 Cline Cellars California Series Zinfandel (2010)
Comments: A little blueberry toned on the nose with some cocoa and a nice, aromatic wood note accenting the black raspberry fruit. This is light and fairly bright, with acidity supporting the blueberry notes from the nose. There’s a light lashing of vanilla here along with some toasty wood spice accenting the core of light blackberry fruit. Easy and smooth with soft tannins and juicy tannins making this easy to drink, though it does drop off a touch on the finish. 86pts
Average price: $10.99 from 26 stores
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4 Tamas Zinfandel (2009)
Comments: Lovely nose shows gentle layers of blackberry, strawberry and brambly spice. Smooth, on the lighter-bodied side and a touch sweet in the mouth, this delivers a nicely vanilla-framed core of rather black cherry fruit. Accent notes of wood spice and pepper add complexity. There’s a little meatiness to the black spice on the back end, along with a hint of some stemmy herbs that turn into something more licorice and medicinal-toned on the slightly sweet finish. Pretty good stuff with good varietal character. 84pts
Previously available for $7.99
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5 Kenwood Merlot (2009)
Comments: Quite fresh on the nose with red fruit supported by gentle herb, vanilla and bitter root notes. Soft and smooth on entry, this shows a nice, low and firm base of polished tannins with gentle if fresh wild raspberry and pomegranate fruit layered on top. The tannins are really quite fine here. While this is a touch simple, it is freshly fruited and shows a certain vibrancy on the palate. The tannins pop a bit on the finish, adding more savory depth and a more assertive veneer of oak that is not off-putting. Really honest feeling with a rustic edge that I find appealing. 86pts
Average price: $12.99 from 11 stores
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