Review: 2016 Artezin Zinfandel Mendocino County

This Mendocino-born zin is a blend of 84% zinfandel, 14% petite sirah, and 2% carignan, making it one of the more heavily-blended zinfandels we’ve seen in quite a while. While the wine can’t escape the iconic dark purple color, it does succeed at loosening up some of the uber-sweet structure that Zin so typically exudes, cutting the still-rather-jammy core with some notes of tobacco, dark chocolate, and baking spice. The finish feels a bit tight, but it also offers a bit of acidity to brighten up the proceedings.

B+ / $18 / artezinwines.com

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