Still in a Zin Mood – Brazin 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel


Goodness, I hope the scent of nail polish remover is coming from my fresh manicure that was done two hours ago and not from this Brazin 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel (Lodi, CA).


LAWD JESUS, let’s get this wine tasting started so I can decide if it’s going to be a Knob Creek evening :).

I’m still in my Zin mood from “The Federalist”. If you have not read my blog on  The Federalist and Tobaccology to the Rescue! check it out, the wine is delicious!

YIKES, this is harsh! Brazin needs some breathing time, even after aerating.

Twenty minutes later, I nervously sniff. Spicy aromas with a touch of turpentine; YUP, this is not a misprint, turpentine. Research states the scent of turpentine in wine is due to Volatile Acid, which is cause when bacteria create acetic acid, the substance that gives vinegar its flavor.

Once I get pass the turpentine aroma, I’m detecting blackberries flavors with hints of cocoa and the wine is young. I will chalk this up that I received a bad bottle, I hope :/ .

Curiosity got the best of me and I had to read the reviews on Brazin 2013 Old Vine Zinfandel, which were mixed. The Wine Enthusiast rated Brazin 85 points and described the wine as follows:

A sweet, syrupy aroma and candied fruit flavors, sprinkled with baking-spice notes from oak aging, make this wine attractive in a bubble-gum way. It is fruity, medium bodied, fresh and frothy.

I wish I purchased this bottle of Brazin.

My fellow Zinlovers, dare if you will; but remember “Life is too short to drink bad wine”.


Salute! Sante!