Crooked Path Zinfandel 2010

Member Review by Jeannine8:

Wong's 93 pt rating of this Zinfandel really surprises me. The aroma is of smoke, earth, wood and berries. The taste on attack is of oak first, berries a distant second. This is not a jammy Zin, nor is it very fruit forward. But it has a decent fruit presence & it's layered. Though I like this wine, Wong's rating of 93 pts means it's darn close to being perfect. It's not. This wine is not nearly balanced or smooth enough to me, for that type of rating. The oak clouds the flavor. On attack, I found the oak to be too strong for a Zin. It was actually distracting. (More like a Cabernet Sauvignon with too many oak chips added). The tannins were fair, but not overwhelming or too bitter, which helped the finish to be smoother. That's why I gave this wine 3 stars saying, "I like it". Even with the range a red ZInfandel presents us with, I didn't think this one fit either major type well. It is neither jammy or warmly fruity, or w/low tannins (my preference). If you prefer that type of Zin, try some Renwood Zins and Layer Cake's Primitivo, which are my favorites for their price. NOR is Crooked Path a strong fruit forward smooth wine (with a kick) like the $11 Montoya Zinfandel or Decoy's Zins. Those wines are all 90 pts or higher (w/Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate or Wine Enthusiast). Consider them! In my opinion they were better regardless of which type of Zin you prefer. I liked this wine enough to complete the bottle (w/a friend). But I doubt I'd buy this wine again for over $8, which is half the price it cost me. You can get smooth jammy Primitivo's (Italian Zinfandel) for the same or less than Crooked Path ($20 - $25 versus $12-16). For instance, try Layer Cake's Primitivo (Zinfandel),@12-16$ or Renwood Zins for the SMOOTH velvety jammy type of Zinfandel, if that's your preference. Their tannins and oak don't distract or overwhelm. But If you prefer the stronger fruit forward Zins, with a bit of a kick (alcohol level tends to be over 15%), just get a Montoya Zin for $11, or a $10 Bogle Zin. That's always a reliably good wine. For a more upscale, powerful Zin w/great balance, @ just a little price increast, try Cline's or Decoy's Zins. They are around $20, and Seghesio's Zins are a tad higher (unless on sale) and they are very higly rated by all. All the wines I just gave plugs to, are more smooth and balanced, & all cost around the price of Crooked Path, OR a chunk LESS.

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Snooth User: Jeannine8
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3.00 5
09/07/2012

Wong's 93 pt rating of this Zinfandel really surprises me. The aroma is of smoke, earth, wood and berries. The taste on attack is of oak first, berries a distant second. This is not a jammy Zin, nor is it very fruit forward. But it has a decent fruit presence & it's layered. Though I like this wine, Wong's rating of 93 pts means it's darn close to being perfect. It's not. This wine is not nearly balanced or smooth enough to me, for that type of rating. The oak clouds the flavor. On attack, I found the oak to be too strong for a Zin. It was actually distracting. (More like a Cabernet Sauvignon with too many oak chips added). The tannins were fair, but not overwhelming or too bitter, which helped the finish to be smoother. That's why I gave this wine 3 stars saying, "I like it". Even with the range a red ZInfandel presents us with, I didn't think this one fit either major type well. It is neither jammy or warmly fruity, or w/low tannins (my preference). If you prefer that type of Zin, try some Renwood Zins and Layer Cake's Primitivo, which are my favorites for their price. NOR is Crooked Path a strong fruit forward smooth wine (with a kick) like the $11 Montoya Zinfandel or Decoy's Zins. Those wines are all 90 pts or higher (w/Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate or Wine Enthusiast). Consider them! In my opinion they were better regardless of which type of Zin you prefer. I liked this wine enough to complete the bottle (w/a friend). But I doubt I'd buy this wine again for over $8, which is half the price it cost me. You can get smooth jammy Primitivo's (Italian Zinfandel) for the same or less than Crooked Path ($20 - $25 versus $12-16). For instance, try Layer Cake's Primitivo (Zinfandel),@12-16$ or Renwood Zins for the SMOOTH velvety jammy type of Zinfandel, if that's your preference. Their tannins and oak don't distract or overwhelm. But If you prefer the stronger fruit forward Zins, with a bit of a kick (alcohol level tends to be over 15%), just get a Montoya Zin for $11, or a $10 Bogle Zin. That's always a reliably good wine. For a more upscale, powerful Zin w/great balance, @ just a little price increast, try Cline's or Decoy's Zins. They are around $20, and Seghesio's Zins are a tad higher (unless on sale) and they are very higly rated by all. All the wines I just gave plugs to, are more smooth and balanced, & all cost around the price of Crooked Path, OR a chunk LESS.


Snooth User: jjan
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4.00 5
10/22/2012

Yummy! Napa with Kelly! Super smooth.




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