Today we review a 2009 zin from Dry Creek Valley in northern Sonoma Valley, California. I got it for $20.
OK this Frei Brothers zin is really good. It has 15% alcohol, so, if you want to wind down after a hard day’s work — WAY down — it will do the job. Spicy, rich and tannic, full of dusty blackberries, and deadly serious, this wine tastes like a real step up from the normal $10 family dinner wines.
The problem is, I’m not excited about paying a full $20 for another bottle. If it were $15 or $16, Frei Brothers reserve zinfandel would receive a committed, definite recommendation. At this price, however, it’s a delicious, happy dreams-inducing, near miss.