1999 Newlan Vineyards & Winery Zinfandel Sonoma
Sonoma Valley, California
WB Rating: 77

Alcohol by volume: 14.5%
Price at time of purchase: $8.99 (Costco billed as $20.00 Zin)
Type: Zinfandel
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With high hopes of finding a $20, powerhouse Zin for $9, we uncorked this disappointing red to find a tongue-drying, over-acid, liquid-cloaking, and hope-of-fruit-might-have-been-there wine. Either we were having a bad day or this flat, virtually fruitless libation needed big food to help it to completion. Hardly "opulent," as the label claims. Any Rancho Zabacco would blow it off the face of the earth. I can't remember when I gave a Zin, my favorite of all wines, such a low score. A bad bottle? - pvm 2003-06-04


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