Purchased for about $15 at Costco yesterday, the Predator Old Vine Zinfandel from Lodi is a HUGE, jammy wine. To me it tastes like a $100 bottle of red. My wife and I are swooned by this rippling red monster of a wine.
I think I paid about $18 for the Stonehedge 2008 Zinfandel Reserve several months ago and forgot about it when Carrie said let's celebrate our week off teaching and open it up. Amazing. I won't go into pretentious wine-speak. I'll just say I like my red wines huge, full-bodied, and fruity and the Stonehedge fits the bill. Worth remembering this one.
I like my red wines big, supple, rippling, layered, exploding with dark berries and black cherries. The Valentin Syrah, from Argentina, is the best under $10 red I've had in a few years. Highly recommended.
Vinted and bottled by Folie A Deux winery, the 2007 Menage a Trois is a blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet.
I don't remember what I paid, about $11. Nor do I remember if it was Trader Joe's or Costco. What I do know is that I would buy this again. Full bodies, rich strawberry flavor, a lot of fruit, this blend is easy to drink.
You can tell by my forgetting above that I need to start taking wine notes. An even more egregious example is that I had a Syrah at Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill in Las Vegas. It was about $15 a glass and I almost died it was so good. The name? Forget it.
I like huge, jammy, well balanced wines without a lot of pepper in the background and this one fits the bill. The only Zin that I've had that's better in recent memory is the Brown 2004 Zinfandel, which according to my brother is impossible to find.