BULK BUY on our latest Costco find!
87% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah and 4% Syrah from Mendocino County, California.
SRP of $20 and available at Costco for just $12.79. 32,000 cases produced. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
"Edmeades is pure Mendocino style. The authentic taste of one of California's final frontiers. Our approach is traditional; our methods are decidedly low tech. We believe in native fermentation in small bins, hand punchdowns and minimal manipulation. With dollops of smoke, graham cracker, chocolate and fruit, it reminds us of raspberry s'mores fresh from the campfire.
As much as I complain about the high price of wine at restaurants and the ridiculous rule they use to price a glass of wine at their wholesale cost for the bottle -- I still order a glass from time to time. Although it comes at a premium, it lets me try out new wines and new wine/food pairings. That's exactly how I found today's wine when I decided I needed a Zin to pair with my dinner of ribs and rotisserie chicken slathered in copious amounts of BBQ sauce.
And while that initial pairing was definitely a homerun I wondered how the wine would do all on its own. Would it still be just as tasty without the yummy food and pleasant ambiance? Read on for the result...
The 2012 Edmeades Mendocino County Zinfandel begins with very pleasant aromas of blueberry and plum along with a little bramble, leather, vanilla and some excellent smoky notes. This is a really, really tasty wine full of wonderful fruit wrapped up in a smooth and silky texture. Nine months in basically 50% French/50% American oak (15% of which was new) was put to tremendous use here. You'll also be pleased to find notes of cola, leather and vanilla; soft, fine tannins; and good acidity in this excellently balanced wine. As good as it was with my dinner it was surprisingly just as good on its own. It ends dry and long with more juicy fruit, cola and lingering vanilla notes. For less than $13 at Costco this might just be my new go to Zin.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.