Wild Thing Zinfandel

We have three wines to highly recommend this week and all three are currently available at the Safeway 30% off wine sale that is ongoing until June 18. We know our wine prices and, believe us, these three wines are excellent values. You get a lot of “bang for your buck.”

With these first two Zinfandel wines, Janelle and I did a side-by-side comparison munching on spicy baby back ribs. The third wine recommendation is from Vintage Wine Taster Mike who is very excited about his Rosé find for summer drinking.

Wild Thing Zinfandel 2009 Mendocino County by Carol Shelton
There is much to like about this wine. The grapes are all from sustainably-farmed vineyards and the wine is wild yeast fermented. Wild Thing Zinfandel is 78% Zinfandel from Mendocino County along with 12% Carignane, 7% Petite Sirah and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. The retail price on this wine is $19 but if you purchase six, mix or match at the Safeway, you can get this wine for $12.49. I found this wine at the Safeway in Burlingame, but it may not be available in other Safeway stores. This wine is loaded with delicious spices in the nose and the mouth. We also have some lovely raspberry and other fruit flavors to savor and a long finish to enjoy. The wine is medium bodied with some zip on the palate. Tim Fish of the Wine Spectator rates the Wild Thing Zindandel at 90 points and I could not agree more.

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Wild Thing Zinfandel 2009 Mendocino County

Artizen Zinfandel 2011 Mendocino County
There are some similarities in this wine to the Wild Thing Zinfandel. The grapes are from sustainably-farmed vineyards in the Ukiah Valley, 90% Zinfandel and 10% Petite Sirah. The Artezin is also a spicy Zinfandel and, like the Wild Thing, moderate in style. Perhaps the spicy notes of both wines are a character of Mendocino-grown Zinfandel. Artezin rocks with black pepper and red fruit characteristics. I purchased this wine at the Burlingame Safeway Sale for $11.96 when I mixed and matched six bottles. By comparison, BevMo is selling this wine for $17.99 (not part of BevMo 5 Cent Sale). I like this wine very much and rate it at 88 Points. For about a half dollar more, the Carol Shelton Wild Thing is even a better deal.

Artezin 2011 Mendocino Zinfandel

Artezin 2011 Mendocino Zinfandel

Charles & Charles 2012 Rosé – Mike’s Recommendation

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Great summer Rosé

The 2012 Charles & Charles Rosé is a blend of 81% Syrah, 16% Mourvedre, with a small amount of Cinsault and Grenache. The color is blush red. What impresses me most is the blend of aromas of rose, berry and pencil lead. The flavors over the palate are round and mouth watering, with almost a red melon feel along with a dry finish. This is a perfect-drinking wine for the warm days of summer. The good acid balance provides very nice fresh flavors.

This wine is available at Burlingame Safeway for $7.55 as part of a six-pack purchase. I have had the Carol Shelton Mendocino Zin Rosé and, while very good, it does not match the complex flavors of the C&C. Rosé wines are almost always flavorful and pleasant, but this one stands out as complex and tasty. I give it 89 pts.

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