How can we do a series on Zinfandel without tasting 7 Deadly Zins? Simply put, we can’t.
It’s a bad pun that inspired the naming of this wine. But hey… it’s fun and it’s a name you will remember. But it’s not just another bottle with a quirky name trying to entice shoppers with silly marketing, there’s a reason behind the seven in the name. The grapes that go into this wine come from seven different growers in the Lodi region. I don’t know if they picked the name and then decided to source from seven growers or vice versa, but I do know one thing… this wine is good!
You may have heard people refer to a style of Zinfandel as “Lodi Zinfandel” and this is a great example of such a style. It’s a Zinfandel that was made to go with barbecue. Big, bold and fruity with lots of spice. This is what many people love about California Zins (and what some people hate).
I Confess, I Like this Wine
OK, so now I’m getting in on the bad jokes. But it’s no joke that this is a good zin. It has a spicy nose with a bit of raspberry, tomato, pepper and cola. It’s very clearly a Lodi Zinfandel right from the first whiff. Raisins, jammy blackberry, walnut and black pepper make for a big, bold palate with plenty of complexity. It has good concentration too, and a fairly long finish with a hot spiciness.
It’s not bad for the $15 price. I gave it an 87.
Wine: 7 Deadly Zins
Price Paid: $14.99
UPDATE: Read our review of the 7 Deadly Zins 2007 vintage