2016 1000 Stories Zinfandel
When we think of red wine, we commonly think French or American oak barrel aging. We wouldn't normally think bourbon barrel aging in present day when the aforementioned are so prevalent and readily available, certainly more than they were 50 years ago. But aging Zinfandel in new and used bourbon barrels in small batches is exactly what 1000 Stories Wines is doing. The use of used barrels is smart because the barrels provide a mellowness that makes this wine ripe for immediate drinking and the barrels also add some character to the wine. Not overly complex but beautiful in a medium red color, this California Zinfandel exhibits primarily bright cherry aromas with spicebox and vanilla. In the mouth is a softer Zinfandel with flavors of cherry, strawberry hard candy, carmel and hints of vanilla syrup. This is a fun and very drinkable wine that I personally wouldn't pair with a food due to it's softness and sweet flavor. It packs an alcohol content that is nearly 16% but it is so mellow that it isn't a distraction. Pick up a bottle and enjoy it for yourself!
Suggested retail price: $18.99
Drink The Bottles score: 86/100