Amanda Schuster

Wine and spirits writer/consultant/marketer. Spirits expert w in depth knowledge of Spanish, Portuguese and Loire/Languedoc wines (you might say "bi-spiritual.") NYC born and bred food lover. Sometime jewelry designer. Overall broad about town.

Zins

Rank Wine Rating Price
1 Bogle Essential Red (2011)
Average price: $8.99 from 236 stores
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2 Four Vines Sophisticate Sonoma County Zinfandel California Sonoma Tietje Christian (2009)
Comments: The way the fresh fruits (blackberry, raspberry), cocoa, warm spice and acidity dance together is sophisticated indeed. We're talking full on ball gowns, tux and tales, string quartet here. Luckily it's not priced for such an affair because I want to drink this again!
Average price: $24.99 from 5 stores
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3 Four Vines Zinfandel Paso Robles Biker (2009)
Comments: Another great one from Four Vines. They certainly know how to make the fruits and spices balance out with the perfect amount of acidity. This has less cocoa flavors than the Sophisticate, more about the fruit. I'd love to try this with a slight chill.
Average price: $17.99 from 120 stores
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4 Dash Nobility Late Harvest Riesling Blanc (2006)
Comments: Bright raspberry, violet and pinecone with almost a grape soda kind of flavor to it. But this was a refreshing note, rather than something too candylike and cloying. Balanced acidity and tannic structure. Would love this with some barbecued ribs!
Average price: $22.99 from 3 stores
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5 Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel Howell Mountain (1982)
Comments: Surprisingly still full of life for the first hour it was opened. Tart berry fruit and spice fighting for survival on the palate and nose. Started to die out, but very fun to drink while it lasted. Sure it was amazing in its prime.
Previously available for $39.99
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