We had a bottle of Cellar No. 8 Zinfandel 2005 from Meijer’s. It had travelled about a bit in cars and planes and had been subjected to a few changes in climate, none of which tend to improve a wine. It was dark garnet with just a hint of brick emerging on the edge. It smelled smoky with tobacco and morello cherries.
It tasted dry with a medium acidity. The tanins seemed confused, or at least they confused me. They had softened but there was still some firmness, the effect was blocky rather than smooth. The tobacco carried thrugh along with the cherries and some vanilla, but the wood was more cedar than oak.
I liked it, I doubt whether the exact conditions which created the wine I had could be recreated. I’d like to give a less traumatised bottle a try, who knows whether it will be better or worse. This was certainly better than the $7.99 price tag suggested, particularly as the exchange rate at the date of purchase would have made it around £4.