2012 Zinfandel Reserve, Frei Brothers, Dry Creek Valley ($20)
Though Zin was an early fave of mine (in the early days of my wine discovery!), I don’t crave it much anymore. Generalizing ain’t easy, because it is a wine that has many different style manifestations…but, these days…I find lots of rugged tannin and brutish alcohol in them thar Zins. So it is a special pleasure to open a bottle of this Zin, from the famous Zin valley in Sonoma: it is delightfully easy to drink and enjoy.