Plungerhead Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2016

Synopsis, Our Opinion: A disappointing Zinfandel.

Producer/Winery: 3 badge Beverage Corp.; Plungerhead Wines; Napa, California.

Grape Variety: Zinfandel blend – 80% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 3% Merlot, 2% Malbec and 1% Petit Verdot.

Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Lodi; Central Valley, California.

Vintage: 2016

Price: $9.99 (with a 30% mixed 6-pack discount)

Purchased From: Ralph’s Grocery Store; Agoura Hills, California.

Paired With: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes with Madeira gravy and a garden salad.


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    Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, dark garnet color with a light purple rim. Sweet raspberry and blackberry preserves aromas. Sweet syrupy mouthfeel, 150-grit texture and a medium body. VERY SWEET (more than coke or other soda pop) fruity flavors. Mild acidity, nonexistent tannins and a medium length sweet juicy fruit finish that ended with a harsh and raspy back-of-the-throat feel. WOW, the red box wine we sometimes cook with has less sweetness and more tannins!!! For our palate this was simply way to sweet. We didn’t enjoy it, we would never buy it again and we don’t recommend it…period.

Zinfandel grapes ready for harvest
Photo from Frank Schulenburg, Wikipedia.
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Alcohol Content: 15%

Closure: Reconstructed cork.

UPC Code: 8 33302 00202 7

Imported by: Not applicable.