Zin Blend from Mendocino

Posted on April 8, 2008

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Parducci Coro Mendocino – about 40 bones.

This one started off with the wrong intentions.  I was at the inlaws, looking for a wine to impress the family with.  I was looking for the perfect blend of  interesting fruit and spice for me, and a higher level of elegance and finesse than they are used to.  After about 30mins of looking around vintages I fell on an old habit – buy something expensive, it must be good.  This juice reinforced for me the idea that more money does not mean more quality.  It doesn’t show up on the website, but LCBO does carry this wine, it is available in many Vintages sections.

Dark crimson purple in colour. Nose is aromatically challenged – some graphite, asphalt and sprinkling of spices, clove, nutmeg. There’s a very faint trace of sweet flowers on it – hiding in the background somewhere. Big wine in the mouth, far from elegant. Big baked red fruits, rhubarb, cherry, some cinnamon stick and then some big spiciness comes through together with the heat of alcohol. Midpalate is like chewing a hot spice cake – the finish is long and well integrated continuing on the jammy red fruits. big, ripe and spicy – if this is your thing this wine will work great for you it does it extremely well. For me, not elegant enough. 80pts

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