This is simple, one-dimensional, jammy, and oaken. It is also cloudy, not something you see as often in these days of high-quality winemaking. The fruit is slightly peppery sour cherry and raspberry. The oak is not integrated, but seems to bear almost no relationship to the fruit, coming to the palate after the fruit and overwhelming it. Even at this price point, this cannot be recommended.

WHO: Gnekow Family Winery
WHAT: Zinfandel
WHERE: Lodi, California
WHEN: 2006
HOW MUCH: $13

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