2003 Beringer Clear Lake Zinfandel

Price: $6.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per quaffability “If you’ve spent any time around Napa, particularly “up valley”, you’ll find that many of the locals like to quip about Lake County as some kind of “Deliverance” style backwater, where the all the toothless residents are either crank addicts, mentally disabled, or both. Without commenting about the merits of such jokes or what it says about denizens of either county, I will say that some Napa wineries are seeing greener, or at least cheaper, grass on the other side of the fence, and planting and growing good wines up in Lake County.

Among those is Napa and Knights Valley behemoth Beringer, which has put out this Clear Lake Zin, the first wine I have seen from that appellation.

This wine makes a good first impression, with a nose of peppery, briary fruit, braced with with a beam of toasty oak and a touch of chaparral.

There is true zin fruit in the mouth, medium bodied, ripe but a little drier than you’d expect, leading to a finish marked by firm tannins. Very pleasant, especially at this price”

What I Think:

Well if you follow this blog you know I had a bottle of this Zinfandel a while back and have chronicled the shopping attempts to track this one down. Between my wife and I it took us three TJ’s to track this one down and when she finally found it we grabbed the last eight bottles they had left. Now that is putting my money where my mouth is on the Bulk Buy rating….Wonder if Parker is doing that when he gives wines extraordinary ratings.

On drinking the wine I wasn’t disappointed in our investment. I took more time to enjoy rather than analyze it but here is the blurb that I threw together for it, “Chewy on the palate, brambly, still very good! I am thrilled to have 7 more bottles around. If you like Zinfandel and you see this one make sure you grab it, you won’t regret it…”

Rating: Bulk Buy

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