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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  1. Old Vine Zin

    Must agree to disagree on this one. Campus Oaks has been a QPR leader in my book for years.

    What’s the point of even reviewing the ’06? It’s not for sale anywhere — they’re switching from ’07 to ’08 as I type this — so the review is of no use to a potential buyer.

    Campus Oaks is meant to be enjoyed upon purchase — not cellared. Try an ’08 and see what you think.

    • Greg

      I agree, this is a favorite lower priced zin in my house. I’ve enjoyed many bottles and never had a “cloudy” or “one dimensional” bottle. Perhaps the wine was too old, overheated, corked etc? It’s definately a jammy, spicy, sweeter wine – perfect if you like ports, and with the high alc., it’s great on a cold winter night in the north country!!