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.