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A classic California zinfandel, with cherry cola on the nose, fresh strawberry and tart red cherries coming through on the full soft palate and a hint of vanilla on the finish.
Product Code: US9371
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Founded in 1924, Delicato Family Vineyards have a proud heritage in the Californian wine business. Three generations of the family have overseen vineyard operations and winemaking at their various estates in California, maintaining the high standards for which Delicato are known. Delicato have been named U.S Wine Producer of the Year an unprecedented three times at the International Wine and Spirits Competition. Their philosophy throughout their many vineyards is one of sustainability and respect for the land. Delicato produce a portfolio of quality yet affordable wines, each from a selection of their very desirable vineyard areas in Lodi, Monterey and Napa. The Society’s California Old-Vine Zinfandel is sourced by Delicato, primarily from the excellent, cool-coastal vineyards of Monterey.
The US wine industry was shaken by Prohibition in the 1920s and 1930s, and though there were some post-Prohibition producers of note it was not until the 1960s that a number of new kid-on-the-block winemakers began to explore and demonstrate the true potential of its regions.California was the first new world region to be recognised internationally as a source of top-quality wines. The late Robert Mondavi is credited with educating Americans on the benefits of good wine and good food, and the pristine, visitor-friendly wineries in California, particularly in Napa, are now the model for wine tourism across the world. California has been stereotyped as a producer of big, blockbuster-style reds and fat, oaky whites, and while these wines do exist, elegance and subtlety also play their part, helped by the cool Pacific winds and fog that blow in from the west and are sucked into the valleys by the warm air there, with a cooling effect on vineyards as far as 50 miles inland. These fogs burn off in the heat of the morning sun so there is no risk of Sauternes-like botrytis here.The most appetising styles come from these cooler regions close to the cold Pacific inshore currents or linked to it by valleys that allow the passage of its moderating influence. Soils across California are varied and wines are made on many different latitudes along its length so this Pacific air conditioning system is perhaps the key defining feature of viticulture in the state. For example, the state’s Central Valley, a fertile agricultural heartland where citrus, orchard fruit and many other crops are grown, receives hardly any of this influence and is better known as a bulk producer of grapes for so called jug wines or the very big wine brands. Napa and Sonoma are two regions that dominate Californian wine, but other regions have gained an excellent reputation, particularly those south of San Francisco, such as Paso Robles, Monterey, Santa Cruz Mountains and Santa Maria Valley, the last of which is closer to Los Angeles than it is San Francisco but where there are vineyard areas cooler than in the Napa Valley thanks to that Pacific influence. California's star red grape varieties are cabernet sauvignon and zinfandel, with good support from pinot noir, chardonnay and a number of Rhône varieties, too, though there is a willingness to experiment and many more varieties are coming on stream.The majority of wine-producing areas are now regulated by a local appellation system called AVAs or American Viticultural Areas. These AVAs are not as stringent in their controls on vine growing and wine production as those of the European Union, specifying only the geographical location of the area in question and requiring that any wines labelled as AVA must be made using 85% of grapes from that area. No limitations are imposed on the grape varieties grown, the yields produced, or how they are made into wine. To qualify for AVA status petitioners must show that the area under consideration is well known, that there are distinct climatic and geographical features that set it apart and that the boundaries have a historical basis. This is clearly no appellation controlée system as they have in France but it is a beginning.
"Beautiful, fruity, mad bad and dangerous to know. I shall be back for more. Highly recommended."
I would recommend this wine
"Vanilla, overly oaked, horrible little Californian number. It went in the bin. "
"The wine is ok. That's all. Just ok. Nothing special, not a heavy wine but not as light as a pinot. Taste is a little chalky probably good in an afternoon BBQ with a burger but there are better and cheaper wines for that. No huge issue but doesn't punch me and say "buy again"!"
"Fruity with strawberry and cherry. Medium bodied but full of flavour. Deceptively light on its feet with a nice toasty finish. Very quaffable. "
I would recommend this wine
"I have to say I was disappointed with this wine. It was not very smooth and left an acidic taste afterwards. In my opinion not worth wasting money on. "
"Really enjoyed previous vintages and bought plenty of them. This tastes 'young' and needs time to breath unlike last years.
Very disappointed in this. Hoping next year will be better"
"Bold, fruity and great value. We keep reordering this one."
"Great easy-drinking red. Paired well with some good burgers as a Friday night supper"
"Fruity, spicy and very smooth. Great value, I'm reordering"
"Vanilla, overly oaked, horrible little Californian number. It went in the bin. "
"Beautiful, fruity, mad bad and dangerous to know. I shall be back for more. Highly recommended."
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"Very pleasant, dangerously drinkable and rudely good value for money at £8.50. I will be back for more!"
Mr Duncan Spooner (15-Dec-2020)
"If WS allowed for half stars in their reviews, this might drop down by half a point. Smoky, spicy nose with vanilla, clove and cherry. Tastes of dark plum and blueberry. Not much length or complexity, but good value for money."
Mr Addam Merali-Hosiene (11-Dec-2020)
Mr James Bowkett (08-Nov-2020)
"Picked up a single bottle to test out, I had been told by my brother in law he found it a little sweet for him so i opened it a little hesitantly but found it extremely drinkable. Like many Californian old vine Zinfandels its punching you in the face with flavours and aromas, its by no means the best of its type but i would buy it again."
Mr Ian Brooks (28-Oct-2020)
Mr Andy Sharples (17-Oct-2020)
"I know a lot of people like this, but I thought it absolutely ghastly: sour and thin with an extremely odd, almost metallic, back taste. I found myself doubting whether it was actually wine. I assume that it is heavily reliant on additives, unlike the glorious Bobal that I included in the same order!
I suppose it's an example of the adage that if something looks too good to be true, it probably is. Why would an old vine bottling from a top Californian producer retail at £8.50? I can only assume that Delicato were relieved to offload this at any price."
Mr Peter J Brennan (13-Oct-2020)
Mr Alexander Taryshkin (11-Oct-2020)
"Terrific on its own or, as we had it, with steak au poivre."
Dr Thomas Hunt (09-Oct-2020)
"Probably still a little young but not a bad little wine."
Mr Phillip Henry (05-Oct-2020)
"Straight forward. Very likable Zinfandel. Seemed in full flavour without decanting."
Mr Daniel Worth (02-Oct-2020)
"Not super complex, but very enjoyable and decent value."
Professor Stephen Babbage (26-Sep-2020)
"Ridiculously delicious. Buy again! Smooth and sweet dark fruits."
Mr Thomas Day (17-Sep-2020)
"When I first joined the W/S I bought a couple of bottles of highly recommended wines and those that did well in the W/S sampling. Zinfandel is not a grape that I tend to look out for, but decided to give it a go. Of all the wines that I bought, this came out the best. We were stunned that a "house wine", for such reasonable money, could be so great. The second time, I bought even more bottles! Give it a go. Many don't rate it as a great Zinfandel but it is certainly a great bottle of wine."
Mr Dafydd Griffith (08-Sep-2020)
"Disappointing. I have bought three different Zins at around the same price point and the other two knock the spots off this... inofensive and insipid. Will not buy again."
Mr Mark Pickin (25-Aug-2020)
"The missus and I decided to finish this bottle off tonight. Opened on Friday, I think it's one to drink sooner rather than later. Saying that, it's still not bad and for £8.50, it's well priced.
The colour in the glass is dark ruby. Intensity on the nose is medium(+) with a whiff of alcohol. On the palate, medium. Notes of strawberry, cherry, raspberry, vanilla and chocolate.
It's a full-bodied Zinfandel. Tannins are medium(-) with a medium finish."
Mr Paul O'Keeffe (17-Aug-2020)
"The Wine Society description of this wine is spot on. Cherry Cola absolutely, with enough else going on to give it four stars. It could easily be the robust accompaniment to a meaty main course or barbeque. I can also imagine the pleasure of sipping it in front of a fire on a winter evening.
Mr Charles Yoe (10-Aug-2020)
"An easy-drinking house red but the word, bland, comes to mind. Both the palate and note were unexciting. But at £8.50 for a USA wine, certainly provides value. Won't be rushing to buy more of this one though compared with some of the Society's other own-brand wines. "
Mr Richard Norton (25-Jul-2020)
"Very nice zinfandel. I've had a lot of 'big name' zins that are not as good as this. It's all down to taste of course but imho this is good and exceptional value for money. Try it. I doubt you'll be disappointed. "
Mr James Roberts (18-Jul-2020)
"Bought a case in those romantic days of lockdown when you weren’t sure what you’d be able to get. Tastes like a humid day near the beach in LA. Dark fruit and a bit of sweat. "
Mr Edward Bogira (15-Jul-2020)
"Just had my first bottle of this Zinfandel that I am about to reorder . It has good fruit and an unexpected depth of flavour and a pleasing body to it. A real gem at the price point."
Mr Mohd Norizam Che Yim (06-Jul-2020)
"Yes, this represents good value indeed. I'm particularly keen on Zinfandel, so if it's your bag too then you won't be disappointed."
Dr Jeremy Platt (27-Jun-2020)
"The description is accurate but I was expecting a little more complexity. It's certainly very easy drinking and the "house red" description is accurate. I got a lot of raspberries on the nose but I found the finish a little lacking.
It is certainly very good value and I can see why it is popular.
I am perhaps being a little harsh with a 3 star but I generally prefer Old World wines with a little more character.
Mr Martin Wingate (11-Jun-2020)
"No point in repeating others' reviews - i'm as praising as they are. It's lovely stuff, not as thin as most zin, and a snip at under a tenner. Buy some and surprise yourself."
Mr Andrew Northfield (08-Jun-2020)
"Smooth and very easy drinking"
Mr Rory Lynch (07-May-2020)
"Before I tried this my opinion of Californian Zinfandel was clouded by too much of the insipid mass produced stuff. The "old vine tag" in the title caught my eye as various tastings of other wines have confirmed that this does make a highly discernible and favourable difference. This wine not only has delicious fruit on first tasting but a deeper slightly smokey depth of flavour making it very enjoyable indeed Well done to the Wine Soc's buyers for searching it out!"
Mr John F Card (07-May-2020)
"A very enjoyable tasty wine full of subtle flavours. Smooth to drink really enjoyed with a pasta spinach chorizo dish my wife put together "
Mr Barrie Sabin (06-May-2020)
"Dark red full bodied wine. Taste of bramble fruits, slightly acidic, say rustic, still a pleasant glass of wine, might buy again. If you like Zinfandel this will not disappoint. Imported and bottled in Germany."
Mr Timothy Snelgar (06-Apr-2020)
"This wine changed my wine drinking forever. Everything I taste now, I compare to this. For me, it is the alpha and the omega, it is all I want from a wine."
Mr David Owen (28-Mar-2020)
"As described, a genuine classic Californian Zinfandel but better than expected. Nice body, with no horrible aftertaste and not too sweet.
I will definitely be going to back to this one. "
Mr Rob Lawley (06-Mar-2020)
"A pleasant surprise. I know very little of Zinfandel but a friend suggested I try some. The flavour is quite different to the old world wine I’m used to, but it’s definitely drinkable and definitely more-ish. Worth a try in the very least."
Mr Hugo Cannon (17-Feb-2020)
"Lacks the finesse of the 2017 vintage but is pleasant enough. I don't agree with the WS description of this wine displaying cherry cola in the nose, as I have a particular dislike of cherry cola. It is however a good example of Californian Zinfandel, with good fruit and length, and offers reasonable value for money.
I am hoping the 2019 vintage will match the quality of the 2017 vintage, which was outstanding."
Mr Peter Laggan (28-Jan-2020)
"Really like this. Cherry and vanilla flavours. Good value"
Mr Michael Cooke (27-Dec-2019)
Sunday Express (22nd Nov 2020)
"... deliciously full
bodied … Nick Ferrari"
Rotherham Advertiser (15th Feb 2020)
"A great value wine
from old vines with cherry on the nose and a palate of fresh strawberry and
tart red cherries with a hint of vanilla on the finish. - David Clay"
The Times (8th Feb 2020)
"If it’s a bargain
oak-chipped red you want, cuddle up to the Wine Society’s delicious, sweet
vanilla, bramble and blueberry-ripe 2018 California Old Vine Zinfandel. - Jane MacQuitty"
"Just ordered my second case as we really enjoyed this wine - similar to a Uruguayan Tannat or a Primitivo from Puglia but slightly more peppery. I'd recommend this wine for easy drinking - particularly good with cheese"
Dr John Garner (05-Jun-2020)
"At this price, a steal. We just know what we like and for us this was delicious, rich ripe nearly like a port. Wanted more but OOS so hope the 2018 is as good."
Mr Robert Webster (12-Feb-2020)
"I am gutted that the 2017 vintage has sold out. This is the best wine I have had, by a country mile, from the Wine Society.
The 2018 vintage does not hold a candle to this."
"Delicious rich brambly mouthful with a touch of vanilla and oak. I will definitely buy this again. Incredibly moreish."
Mrs Heather Carr (14-Dec-2019)
"Zinfandel is my favourite and this is my most favourite. Really full bodied. Holds up to most food. A lovely wintery wine at an excellent price."
Mrs Carol Clark (25-Nov-2019)
"For some reason this wine tastes much better the next day after opening. Not something I usually advocate but try it."
Mr Geoffrey Weaver (23-Nov-2019)
"Tremendous value at this price, not the best wine you’ll ever drink but pleasant enough and at a great price point."
Mr Rob Young (03-Nov-2019)
"I keep coming back to this one and, for my money, it's a better wine than the Brazin. Not overly complex but a gentle oakieness and plenty of fruit. Very easy to drink, with or without food."
Mr Paul McManus (01-Nov-2019)
"Fantastic wine, packed with fruit flavour, particularly cherry. The hint of vanilla is delightful, Cant get enough of it."
Mr Martin Searle (12-Aug-2019)
"The first bottle was underwhelming: too fruity and seemed thin. Having loved the Exhibition I decided it was the route to go. However, we tried the second bottle the following week and decanted it. It was like tasting a different wine. It was smooth and mellowed: the fruit was still at the forefront but less sharp. Definitely worth ordering again."
Mr David J B McKee (05-Aug-2019)
"Very good value wine. Good full bodied flavours and well priced. Will definitely buy more."
Mr Michael Cooke (04-Jul-2019)
"Zinfandel and Primitivo do not come better than this. Smooth, fruity and goes with a wide range of food. Also good without food!
Cracking good value for money"
Mr Matthew Houston (28-May-2019)
"You can actually taste this wine & it hits the spot. Claifornian reds take some beating compared with the old traditional harsh French reds that are still out there."
Mrs Mary E Jones (25-May-2019)
"This is possibly the first time I've thought that a Society wine that I didn't like was actually poor, rather than just not to my taste.
Very sweet, but without the balance of acidity that previous vintages have had, this was very similar to the typical supermarket offerings you can pick up for around the same price, which TWS usually try to avoid. One small glass was consumed with the rest going down the sink.
The only other review for this vintage that is available is positive, so I suppose it's not impossible that my bottle was faulty, although with it being under screwcap I would have thought that unlikely."
Mr Kieran Hynes (13-Apr-2019)
"Really nice drinkable wine for the price"
Dr The Hon Ian Basnett (03-Apr-2019)
"Very easy drinking. Soft fruit. Sweetish. No real detail. Non-controversial good value glugging wine."
Mr Tom Lavercombe (12-Mar-2019)
"Red cherries and pie crust, bright and enjoyable but with plenty of oomph to go with a rich, meaty pasta. "
Mr Sam Povey (09-Mar-2019)
Mrs Victoria Storer-Young (24-Feb-2019)
"A smooth and easy drinking red with richness of the fruit and the flavours. The fruity aromas balance the slight acidity of the wine. Rich in colour with the fresh aromas for the senses makes it an easy drink. I had it with fish and it went well with it. So would recommend to anyone who likes a red with fish dishes. A very good wine for a decent price and palatable with bright flavours like the Californian sun."
Mr Paul John (18-Feb-2019)
"Great example of a good Californian Zinfandel. Big and bold fruit, easily enjoyed with or without food."
Mrs Harriet Barr (12-Feb-2019)
"I'm not usually much of a Zinfandel drinker but this made for really pleasurable, interesting drinking. The fruit flavours on opening are really big, sweetish, comforting; like sinking into the upholstery of a big American car. My wife complained of a slight acridity, which I confess I couldn't find, but we both enjoyed this more after it had been left to breathe for a while. Might be a tricky one to pair with food but I enjoyed this alone - perhaps with a bit of cheese?"
Mr Patrick Vickers (19-Jan-2019)
"This has become our favourite easy drinking red. It's very smooth and fruity and also reasonably priced."
Mr Nicholas C Salter (18-Jan-2019)
"Excellent Zin for the price. Good depth and length."
Mr Mohammed Suleman (14-Jan-2019)
"Delicious red. Beautifully balanced fruit and acidity. Terrific value. "
Mr Tom Rodger (13-Jan-2019)
"Well worth the money, left the breath and served at the right temperature it transforms itself to a £10 bottle of wine "
Mr Ben Fox (28-Dec-2018)
"This is delicious - lots of berry and pepper. Breathe for half an hour. "
Mr Rory Pogson (28-Dec-2018)
"Excellent value. Smooth, easy drinking with lovely fruit and counter-balancing dryness. A hit."
Mr Jonathan Smith (25-Dec-2018)
"Redcurrant and cranberry on the nose, some sweet strawberry too on the palate, the acidity is quite marked and counteracts the sweetness though.
Not a complex wine, but well made and full of flavour and pretty versatile with food I would imagine.
Good value. "
Mr Mark Colman (14-Dec-2018)
"I have really enjoyed this wine. It is remarkably good for the price.
It has a pleasant smooth feel, slightly sweet. Strawberries but also cherry with a nice hint of acidity. It is balanced just right for my taste.
I’m sure it is never going to be described as a fine wine but it is very pleasant for a couple of glasses either on its own or with pasta or bbq.
Just ordered some more.
Mr Graeme Creighton (16-Nov-2018)
"Really enjoyable. So fruity and delicious.
Miss Carmen Walker (10-Nov-2018)
"Very well balanced, the sweetness from the ripe fruit was countered by gentle acidity. Not a million miles away from a Beaujolais."
Mr David Halliwell (03-Oct-2018)
"Even better than the 2015 vintage and I gave that five stars."
Mr Tom Bulley (18-Sep-2018)
"Goes well with spaghetti bolognese, will definitely buy again! Great value."
Mrs Pamela Alden (29-Aug-2018)
Mr Filip Firlej (11-Aug-2018)
Miss Nancy Galloway (07-Jul-2018)
Decanter (1st Feb 2019)
"Zinfandel is a
Marmite grape; if you're a hater, try this - it won't break the bank. The cool
coastal fruit gives balancing acidity to the rich red berry compote flavours
and, while not complex, it's smooth and juicy and a perfect match for a winter
stew. - Tina Gellie"
The Mail on Sunday (25th Nov 2018)
zinfandel in Britain right now. Order as much as you can. - Olly Smith"
Sunday Express (21st Oct 2018)
"This zinfandel is
sweetly fruited with some jammy richness to the strawberry and raspberry fruit.
It's deliciously gluggable and sweet without being over the top. - Jamie Goode"
The Scotsman (4th Aug 2018)
"At this price you
expect a pretty simple zinfandel and that is what you get - but this old vine
example from Delicato Family Vineyards does show the grape's characteristics
well even at this price. - Rose Murray Brown"
"Beautiful. We love this Wine Society offering. Plummy and med/full bodied. Goes beautifully with lasagne, cheese etc"
Mr Colin McDougal (14-Mar-2018)
"Full bodied? Medium bodied i'd say.Goes well with both steak and pork sausage."
Mr John Arthur (15-Jan-2018)
"* * * *"
Mr Michal Slavik (01-Nov-2017)
"Wow - having lived in CA for 5 years, Old vine Zin was my go to. This, one has a real twist though with a French nuance - refined feel and austere.
Nice cherry touch: blended, rich and full on palate.
Smooth, creamy, heavy with a spicy, zippy feel that goes with the best of Zins.
At the price, a bargain for an everyday Zin
Mr Hugo Allen-Stevens (04-Oct-2017)
"Sumptuous fully bodied wine which is richer than its price. Happy to serve this to guests. Would go well with red meats, cheese. Pleasantly surprised."
Dr Martin Wilkinson (12-Sep-2017)
"This makes Ribena taste sour.
Far too sweet without food to tame it.
With cheese and serrano ham, it settled down a bit and there was some complexity."
Mr Simon Bourke (26-Jul-2017)
"This is fine but no more. The standard critique of Zinfandel is that it's all a bit simple, but I am usually fine with that: juicy fruity stuff is good for me ... but this really is a bit simple. I suggest upgrading to the Lodi old vine Zinfandel, if you want good zin."
Rev Robert Stanier (23-Jul-2017)
The Times (18th Nov 2017)
"Zinfandel, one and
the same as Italy’s primitivo, makes a first-class festive bottle, as happy
with turkey leftovers as with mature game. The Wine Society’s terrific, creamy,
cassis, blackberry and loganberry-sweet version is easily the best of this
winter’s crop. - Jane MacQuitty"
"I have had good experiences previously with the Californian Zinfandels but this one was flat, lacking the usual fruity punch that I would expect. In fact it didn't have much flavour at all."
Ms Michelle Stone (13-Sep-2017)
"This is an excellent example of a red zinfandel which would compete with bottle two or three times the price.
With a fuller body, plenty of dark red fruit flavours plus an edge of sweetness, this is very drinkable on it's own or with food.
Definately worth having at least a few bottles available for impromptu entertaining or just as a treat."
Mr Ian Glenister (31-May-2017)
"I had tried the 2013 vintage and was pleasantly relieved the 2014 vintage matched its predecessors.
This fantastic zinfandel is a deep ruby color with tantalizing dark bramble & cherry, leather, oak, and mineral notes. After letting it settle for 15 min, I also picked up hints of leafiness. On the palate, it was delicately off-dry but not cloying, medium body, medium acidity and low tannins. The flavors matched the nose and ended with a long finish. Overall, I felt this wine was exquisitely balanced and smooth with the quality being very good. The price tag is definitely easy on the wallet and very good value. Highly recommended as a lovely aperitif red.
If you like dry red wines with higher tannins level leaving that mouth puckering sensation than DO NOT choose this wine."
Ms Cristina Villacorta (22-Feb-2017)
"The fruit is a little overpowering at first opening, but it mellows well if left a day."
Dr Samuel Elliott (21-Feb-2017)
Scotland on Sunday (23rd Apr 2017)
"This is excellent
food wine with firmer tannins, bramble and black cherry fruit, suggestions of
vanilla, aniseed and pepper - all wrapped in firm acidity but hints of
sweetness too. - Brian Elliott"
"At this price definitely worth a go. Frankly, if you don't like this you don't like red wine, spicy fruity and good with food (spag bol) - will be on my list of re buy recommendations."
Mr Duncan Yellen (28-Sep-2016)
"I did not like this wine, too sweet for my taste. I much prefer a Ravenswood zinfandel or even better the Brazin zinfandel."
Mr Jerry Obeney (27-Sep-2016)
"Always reliable and a great hit with friends and colleagues not familiar with the delights of Zinfandel."
Dr Paul Thomson (15-Aug-2016)
"Gorgeous flavour and wonderful value for money."
Mr Peter Hudson (12-Aug-2016)
"Nicely balanced, with a slight tinge of sweetness, neither too heavy nor too lightweight. Very easy to drink, and not bad value."
Mr David Woolcock (11-Aug-2016)
"OK. Interesting and unusual mix of fruit flavours but lacks "grip" for me."
Mr Colin Mitchell (21-Apr-2016)
"Great Value. It has some real interesting black and dried fruit characters on the nose yet is fresh and clean on the palate. Enjoyable."
Mr Thomas Choong (21-Apr-2016)
"This is my first tasting of a Wine Society wine. I want to set a benchmark so I've chosen from the 'Society' range. I'm a happy man, this wine surpasses my expectations, the bar has been set high for future explorations. With Californian Zinfandel I'm already reaching out into new territory, in terms of bouquet and taste it meets the promise of its tasting notes, it's satisfyingly full but at the same time surprisingly light for its 14.5 per cent, and that little bit of sweetness was welcome with our Tunisian lamb."
Mr Tom Bulley (28-Nov-2015)
"A smooth, well-balanced and rounded wine with all the big bold dark-fruit flavours you would expect from old vine Zinfandel. I very much enjoyed it and will be going back for more. Its also very good value for money. Another cracking wine from the Wine Society - well done! ."
Mr Paul Everett (26-Jun-2015)
"I'm new to the Society and fairly new to the whole wine scene but whilst I don't dislike white's I'm definitely a Red wine and more lean towards big Full Bodied wines. So my first 12 bottles was a chance to pick a selection of 11 Reds (+ 1 Society Champagne) and hopefully get a chance to taste some well reviewed Reds and see what I think of them.
I do like the Zinfandel grape wine and had the "Ravenswood" before that I did like but found a big difference when I move from one year to a more newer. This "Society's California Old-Vine Zinfandel 2013" I found better than any of the Ravenswood ones and was as described on the Tin with a very Long finish. The only reason I wouldn't buy it next time is not because it wasn't good but more that I'd like to try another producer and may be another area. Thanks Wine Society for a very good value tasty Zinfandel *****"
Mr John Devlin (25-Jun-2015)
thewinegang.com (2nd Aug 2016)
"Sourced by Delicato
mostly from Monterey and Lodi, this is not one of those jammy, headbanging,
knee-weakening zinfandels but a rather more balanced and medium-bodied style of
zin with a spicy, bramble jelly aroma and juicily moreish cherry fruit with just
enough savoury acidity and dry grip on the finish to suit barbecues and grills.
"Very nice wine and an excellent 'entry-level'(?) Californian Zinfandel that would stand up to similar wines at least £4 more expensive. It is full in the mouth, plenty of fruit and a short but lingering after taste of dry-spiciness. Stands up to food very well and works a treat with meaty sausages and grilled/BBQ meats. Worth trying at least once - as it's just a pity it comes from where it does."
Mr John Dryburgh (31-Jul-2014)
"Lacks body - and I had to check it said Zinfandel on the label. Disappointing for a Californian Zinfandel. Would not buy again."
Mr Martin Swallow (14-Jul-2014)
"Easy drinking unpretentious red, fine on its own or with snacks. Will order again."
Mr Geoffrey Kaile (08-Jul-2014)
"The fruit was there but a bit lacking in body and concentration. Drinkable but not outstanding."
Mr Jeremy D Hicks (18-Jun-2014)
"Vile - I found this sweet, with vanishingly little body for an old vine zinfandel, slightly cloying, and hugely disappointing. Poured both bottles down the sink. Exactly the kind of thing you would live with if you were given a glass of it in a mediocre gastropub, but for home drinking you can do much better at the price."
Mr Neil Hart (14-May-2014)
"Sweet and fruity. Coud be drunk on it's own on one of theose rare, ideal summer days lazing in the garden or with something spicy.
Mr Cliff Snelling (17-Mar-2014)
"I found this a perfectly pleasant accompaniment to a spicy pizza. Not the most high-brow of combinations but for the price you could do a lot worse. Big Zin flavours, not complex, easy-drinking... happy days."
Mr Robert Goodwin (10-Jun-2013)
"A pleasant, medium bodied wine, plenty of fruit. A little acidity & certainly some sweetness, neither really overpowering, though maybe this would become cloying after the second glass. Another good value wine, but this one perhaps doesn't have the depth or complexity you'd get with more expensive Zinfandel. I'll try this again in about 6 months, if it's still available, to see if it comes on at all. If not, still not money wasted."
Mr Asa Joseph (08-May-2013)
"Regarding the 2011, I liked this wine and found it reasonable value for money. However, I'd recommend spending the extra pound or so for the Ravenwood (which I really enjoyed). I found this a little too acidic (contrary to earlier reviews), although the rich zinfandel berry flavours are pleasingly evident. Maybe still a little young so I'll be laying my remaining bottle down for year before trying again."
Mr Trevor Smith (22-Apr-2013)
"Not particularly subtle or complex, but if you're in the mood for something big, jammy, full and enjoyable then it fits the bill very nicely."
Mr Andrew Tulloch (07-Dec-2012)
"A big, fruity zin with a slight peppery kick. As others have stated, there's nothing in the way of complexity, but it's certainly good value at the price. However, if you're new to zinfandel, I'd recommend you test the waters with something a little more refined."
Mr Sebastian Taylor (30-Jan-2012)
"Very fruity on the nose and on the palette. Not overly complex but certainly has character. A fine choice at a price that matches it's quality."
Mr Richard Bateman (28-Jan-2012)
"A rich very dark wine. Not dry or challenging but for me most enjoyable."
Dr John Baston (19-Oct-2011)
"I actually quite enjoyed this. There is certainly a sweetness, but I didn't find it cloying - more like a rich 'port' like quality to the fruit. Would offset a sharp blue cheese nicely"
Mr Matthew Robison (23-Sep-2011)
"This was disappointing. Sweet as a cola bottle and lacking in acidity to balance it. Won't buy again."
Mr William Davies (27-Jul-2011)
"I agree with the other reviews in so far as the simplicity, sweetness, smoothness, and the fruitiness, but am disappointed in that that is all there is to this wine. No tannin at all, no substance, no depth, might as well drink Ribena, it costs much less. I am glad I only bought one bottle of it in a sampling case of Californian wines. The Exhibition Amador 2006 on the other hand is wonderful for an extra £4.45."
Mr Yavuz Mutlu (15-Jul-2010)
"Absolutely delicious; great value."
Mrs Margaret McGregor (27-Dec-2009)
"This is an absolutely brilliant Zinfandel. Better than most I have had, and perhaps that is because, not inspite, of its somewhat simple style. It has gorgeous fruity flavours, very exuberant and packed with flavour. The body is actually fairly medium, and it washes down almost like juice. It has a certain sweetness to it, but not enough to make it unpalatable. Quite the opposite in my opinion. Easy to enjoy on its own and an excellent complement to simple grilled or hearty dishes. This is easy to enjoy I'll be keeping a regular stock of this brilliant young wine."
Dr N Chenduran Shanmuganathan (14-Nov-2009)
"Looking for something different, I tried this wine and found it to be fruity flavoured and very smoothe to taste. After my first glass, It was so enjoyable that it was an easy decision to have a second. I now make sure I keep a regular supply and would recommend this to have either with a meal or just on its own."
Mr John McClarty (10-Aug-2009)
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