I usually don’t buy wines from Sam’s Club, I like to give my wine business to the local shops around town versus the big guys who don’t “need” my business. But the other day I picked this up for the fun of it.
Grapes – 100% Zinfandel
Vineyards – Amador County
Oak program – Each lot was fermented separately, then pressed into American and French small oak barrels, 38% of which was new oak. The individual lots aged for fifteen months before being blended for bottling
Price – $15 – $18
My Tasting Notes
Color – Crimson
Nose – cherry, rhubarb, blackberry
Taste – black currant, spice, raspberry, cedar and cola
Mouthfeel – smooth and lush, with round medium body and dry elegant tannins
Finish – medium in length and fruity
We had this with some awesome veggie pizza from Angelo’s in Midlothian. It was a great pizza wine, lots of layered fruit and lush round mouthfeel. The 2005 MonteVina Terra d’ Oro Zinfandel was very fun, good structured Zin with a splash of acidity that wasn’t overly extracted or to “big” for its britches. It’s got a lot of distribution so you should be able to find it just about anywhere.
Check out this blog post. You might like it, pretty insightful on Americans view of their wine culture.