Zinfandel from California.
SRP of $12 and available for as low as $10. Sample received courtesy Benson Marketing for review purposes.
From the bottle:
"Zinfandel grapes of exceptional quality made the 2010 vintage a stand-out and this wine is a great example of the combination of superior fruit and winemaking skill. Aged 4-6 months on French and American oak, this classic Zinfandel shows off its quality with gorgeous purple color, an abundance of red berry aromas, and classic red and black raspberry flavors -- enough to make Zinfandel lovers swoon!
We're a fan of the McManis family wines here at The Reverse Wine Snob as we've featured several as Recommended Buys. This includes a Malbec (from California), a Pinot Noir and really nice Petite Sirah. Not to mention the Jack Tone line of boxed wines, also from McManis. Today's wine; however, might just be our favorite yet.
The 2010 McManis Zinfandel begins with pleasant aromas of strawberry, raspberry, vanilla and a little spice. The wine tastes of cherry and other red berries plus some really nice pepper, spice and a little molasses. It features smooth and soft tannins. The finish is dry with a good little burst of peppery spice and then lingering notes of vanilla and caramel. This is a really nice Zin that does not go totally overboard like some others that are the rage now. I liked it quite a bit -- it might even be my favorite McManis wine so far, and that's saying something!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.