2013 Michael David "7 Deadly Zins" Lodi Zinfandel (Previously $13)

SKU #1245249 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A softer, more lush and voluptuous texture can be found in the 2013 7 Deadly Zins, which is also 100% Zinfandel from Lodi. The production here is 280,000 cases! To produce such a high-volume wine of this quality is pretty remarkable winemaking. Loads of ripeness, fruit, glycerin and medium to full-bodied silky mouthfeel make for a delicious effort.... Year in year out, this is one of the best value wineries in the entire world. Working from grape sources in Lodi, they offer an assortment of wines, but their top cuvées are always the rather solid, full-flavored and savory dry red wines. (RP)  (8/2015)

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 This full-bodied wine has a deep color and smoke and charcoal aromas. The flavors are ripe, concentrated, grapy and berry-like. The texture has moderate tannins but is polished around the edges. It’s a big and rowdy wine that doesn’t lose control.  (3/2016)

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By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2016 | Send Email
Sometimes wines just taste good. Instead of being cerebral exercises they can just be sensory joy with little thought or energy put in by the drinker. All the work is done by the wine, it tells you what it has and you can agree, sometimes without hesitation that you are “in.” That is the way I felt about this vintage of the 7 Deadly Zins. Long a staple at K&L, this Zin has always carved out a place on our shelf with its straightforward deliciousness. Full of warm spice on the nose, this reminds me of being a teenager somehow with precocious aromatics of clove cigarettes and Big Red gum over a wild berry cobbler base. Juicy and ripe with a load of cinnamon stick, spice cake, cherry cola and pipe tobacco notes on the palate this is big, ripe, full-bore Zin but stays away from being overloaded with residual sugar. Far from cloying it gives you everything it has in a fun and charming way and never asks too much of you. After all don’t you have enough to occupy your mind these days? The last thing you need to take up your bandwidth is what you are drinking.

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2016 | Send Email
It's deep, dark and lush. One of those unapologetic Zins that, while mass produced, shows tremendous purity and depth. Dark fruit, ripe fig, mulberry and a toasty, spice-driven finish. Amazing value here.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2016 | Send Email
Big, rich Zin...yeah but I was really surprised at how balanced it was as well, and I'm not a fan of the sweet, thick Zin but I was impressed. Next time I'm BBQ'ing some ribs I will take a look at this wine!
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By: Jim Boyce | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2016 | Send Email
From my earliest days in the wine business this Michael David 7 Deadly Zins has offered up top value in the world of California Zinfandel. The 2013 stays true to the brand with a lush palate of rich, jammy fruit, plenty of spice, and just enough tannin to reel it all back in. It's a no-brainer for the spring BBQs right around the corner.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/11/2016 | Send Email
Big, rich and very spicy but it is not over the top. Clean dark berry fruit, soft palate coating tannins. This wine wants anything that is grilled or barbecued.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/8/2016 | Send Email
With the recent cold rain and winds this seems like the perfect weather to open up some California Zinfandel, although there are few wrong times to do so. Big, ripe and soft, Michael David's 7 Deadly Zins will hit all the sweet spots for those who love the rich, full-bodied juiciness that is traditional in California Zin. Despite how big this wine is, nevertheless it maintains balance and does not just fall over itself, and at this price it is a great wine to stock up on.

Additional Information:

Varietal:

Zinfandel

- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Central Valley/Lodi

- With a reputation for bulk wine and table grapes, little to no quality wine has emerged from the expansive Central Valley since companies like Franzia and Gallo staked their claim here. The exception are new wine ventures in sub-AVAs Lodi and Clarksburg, home to jammy zinfandels and surprisingly distinguished chenin blancs respectively.