To Be Honest…The Lodi Zin Was Ok

There are a few things I need to be honest about tonight[1]. To be honest, I was really hungry when I got home and didn’t do much smelling before I started drinking this wine. I satisfied my hunger, went for a brisk walk and came back to really explore the wine.

I took this wine from the ClubW box. IMG_5106To be honest, I wasn’t going to review any more of these bottles because the first one really was a dud. I decided I would use these wines as “throwaway wines”, you know, when you have to go to someone’s house that doesn’t like or appreciate wine, or if you’ve already served four bottles to all the lawyers you had over for dinner and they’re all tanked so they won’t really taste the fifth bottle you open. Well, I sent Husband over to Neighbor’s hot tub last night with the 2013 La Bodega Cabernet Sauvignon. He said it was great, I would have loved it. Full-bodied, full of flavor, a really enjoyable wine. I was very jealous I didn’t get to taste any,[2] and I decided to give the ClubW thing another shot.

To:                  Alleged Blog Readers
From:             WineEsquire
Date:               March 23, 2015
Wine:              Club W The Independent Zinfandel 2013
I get notes of hay[3] and cherry on the nose. I sip and get lots more cherry andIMG_5205 some oakiness. There’s a slight mustiness but it’s a pleasant smell. I would say this is medium-bodied and bright with a dry finish.[4] Went well with my meal[5], and continued to perform after I was done[6]. I let it sit for about 10 minutes after popping the cork, and it continued to breathe for at least two hours. It also paired well with my bowl full of Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Toffee Bar Crunch.[7] To be honest, I’ve had California zinfandels that have really knocked my socks off, but this was not one of them. While it was a very drinkable wine, there were no fireworks.

Wine Dossier
This was a 2013 Zinfandel from Lodi, California. The grape is grown throughout the U.S., widely in California, and in Italy it’s known as Primitivo. No winery appears on the bottle; instead it reads “Winemaker Chris Condos”. I’m assuming this means that Mr. Condos is a winemaker with no vineyard of his own (at least not yet). Info about him shows up here and at the Club W site, which confirms my theory. The ClubW tasting card tells me that this wine has “tastes of blackberry, raspberry and cherry[8]” and smells like “raspberry, rhubarb, dates, apple chutney and brown sugar.” If you’re in the ClubW world, I would recommend trying the 2013 La Bodega Cabernet Sauvignon.[9] I would not search IMG_5209this wine out to purchase again, but this guy thought it was great. So give it a try, you never know!

Lawyer Footnotes
[1] Lawyers should always be honest.
[2] I’m going to start calling this feeling “winenvy”. Now that I’m a wine blogger and wine instagrammer, I get this feeling on an almost hourly basis. Where is everyone getting these amazing vintage wines?!?
[3] At the same time I said “hay” Husband said “barn floor”. It wasn’t an unpleasant smell, so I’m sticking with “hay”.
[4]So that means there’s some tannins in here.
[5] My leftover calzone was even more delicious on night two.
[6] Read: I kept drinking after dinner.
[7] I was hungry tonight, what can I say?
[8] Notes of cherry for the win.
[9] The one Husband had last night with Neighbor.