Wines We Like (WWL) – Graziano Zinfandel Mendocino 2004

Starting a new series here to commemorate the found wines that we enjoy, focusing on the best value wines (bottles under $25, preferably under $15), but just any wine we enjoy in particular.

It should probably be noted that I know next to nothing about classical wine, grapes, or other things sommeliers care for and describe. I only know what I like.

The first entry is: Graziano Zinfandel Mendocino 2004

Price paid – $19 @ Central Market

This wine was quite the surprise. I saw it (on the top shelf, hidden away, no less), was in the mood for a zin, and thought “why not”?

I don’t know if it’s because of the organically grown grapes, the weather that year, or the tears of virgins, but this is some good wine. The taste is bold. For me, it was very peppery, with a good initial taste and lingering taste, with a round, fruity feel. Ghostfinger got a lot of chocolate out of it as well. In any event, it was the most pleasantly surprising wine of the new year and my favorite of the last few months. If you can find it, give it a shot.