Wine for your weekend: Anniversary edition

My parents are here in Rochester this weekend, and we’re likely going to be finishing off the bottles of wine from last week’s family edition post. We managed to get through eight of those bottles during last weekend’s get together, and for the record, the Klinkerbrick Zinfandel, and the 7 Moons dark side blend got the winning reviews from the family panel…which mostly included the opinion of my father, who may have been the only one paying attention to whether or not he had tried all the options in each of the comparison set ups! Good job Dad! 🙂

This week was our anniversary, and I was fully prepared to review whatever wine we were drinking when we went out to dinner, but then my parents took us out and we all ordered cocktails. Oops! That is until Josh ordered a glass of Zinfandel and saved the week with a wine that he enjoyed and thus could recommend. So all credit to my husband this week, and happy anniversary. You’re coming through with a wine for your weekend is just one of many many reasons these past four years have been the best.

Ravenswood Zen of ZinZen of Zin

Here’s one of the main reasons I love a good zinfandel, you always know what you’re going to get. There’s a plushness…a fruitiness…a “jammy” quality that comes through in mild variations every single time. That word “jammy” was even coined specifically to describe zinfandels particular fruit characteristics and mouth feel. And it comes through, almost every single time.

Zen of Zin is the rule not the exception and is a highly reliable and characteristic zin. It starts spice/earth forward with nutmeg, pepper, and floral notes that give way to the blackberry and plum plushness that you’d expect. The finish is slightly bitey, but pleasant, with a slight bitterness that you might experience in black coffee or dark chocolate. Not unpleasant in the slightest.

Fun fact: As we ordered this wine in a restaurant, and I didn’t have the bottle to reference for this post, I looked it up later while working on the review and found among other reviews not to decant the bottle first. Apparently, many found the the flavors were more intense and balanced straight out of the bottle, and that the wine mellowed a lot when decanted. As this is a stray from many of the red wines I’ve recommend before, it was obviously worth a note. And, make Zen of Zin, the perfect bottle to have on reserve on the wine rack for when you need to open a bottle right this minute, and don’t want to wait to let it breathe!


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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