Decanted no. 2: Cosentino Zinfandel “The Zin” 2012

Cosentino "The Zin" 2012
Cosentino “The Zin” 2012

B: So how do you know what you like?

C: I know what tastes good in my mouth and this one is a little sweet, a little syrupy. The viscosity is… mhht, mhht, it’s sticky.

B: You make it sound yummy. Hmmm…  ummm, ooh, I taste molasses, that’s it!

C: So you’re saying this would go well with waffles?

B: Yes! Yes it would!

C: I might have to try this with breakfast sometime. One of the first “morning” wines.

B: That’s funny! Now there’s a wine for every meal. Oh wait, I know what will go great with this!!

C: What? You’re not making waffles now are you??

B: No, but I know the perfect thing that will go with it!

*note – Barbi had to wrestle one of the Mother’s Iced Oatmeal cookies from the ever sneaky husky, Besti! No humans were harmed in the sampling of this wine (or cookies!).


Cosentino "The Zin" 2012
Cosentino “The Zin” 2012
  • Producer:  Cosentino
  • Region: Lodi, CA
  • Vintage: 2012
  • Varietal: Zinfandel
  • Grapes: 100% Zinfandel
  • Store: Total Wine
  • Cost: US$14.99
  • Where tasted:  Home
  • When tasted: May 7, 2014 – 6pm
  • Who tasted:  Barbi, Chris
  • Food:  Mother’s Iced Oatmeal cookies
  • Music: Spotify – Chill Radio

Decanted no. 1: Carvalhas, Tinto, 2011

Barbi: It has a blackberry taste to it, not tart though. And I probably shouldn’t do my nails while we taste the wine.

Carvalhas, Tinto, 2011

Chris: It’s not bad.

Barbi: Really?! That’s all you’ve got?

Chris: It’s smooth, not sticky.

Barbi: Okay, what else?

Chris: It’s smooth.

Barbi: Okay “Henry” (in reference to my 7 year-old son who describes things very simply as most kids do).

Chris: It smells good.

Barbi: What does it smell like?

Chris: It’s fruity but not sweet. It has a really nice finish that matches the wine itself. It doesn’t taste different.

Barbi: Do you notice anything outstanding about it?

Chris: Not really. It’s not sticky, it’s really smooth. It has a really nice color actually. It’s kind of pink inside, but that just may be because I’m staring at it in front of a laptop.

Barbi: LOL! Okay, what are your final words about it? Would you buy it again?

Chris: How much does this wine cost?

Barbi: $8.99

Chris: Yes! For this price I would definitely buy this again. It’s smooth like a pinot, but there’s not a lot of complexity to it. It’ s heavier for sure but a good solid wine.

Carvalhas, Tinto, 2011
Carvalhas, Tinto, 2011
  • Producer:  Carvalhas
  • Region: Douro, Portugal
  • Vintage: 2011
  • Varietal: Tinto
  • Grapes: 40% Tougiga Nacional, 40% Tinto Roriz, 20% Tougiga Franca
  • Store: Total Wine
  • Cost: US$8.99
  • Where tasted:  Home
  • When tasted: May 6, 2014 – 9pm
  • Who tasted:  Barbi, Chris
  • Food:  None
  • Music: Spotify – Jazz Radio