Monday, June 13, 2011

2009 Barefoot Zinfandel

Barefoot has delivered outstandingly on their economy brand promise with this perfectly good $6 red Zinfandel. It's a medium-full bodied but not overpowering red, usually the safe wine-making route at this price point. There's a nice fruit-forward start that's not over-sweet or cloying with a smooth, semi-dry middle and some zingy acid. You might taste some vanilla or berry fruit, but nothing too spicy or complex.

Like the 2010 Black Box Malbec, this is basically good grape juice for wine lovers. That may not sound exciting to everyone, but very few producers seem able to deliver a fresh, tasty, defect-free red in this price range. In the standard bottle or 1500 ml double-size, the Barefoot Zinfandel is currently one of the best value reds in North America right now. The Zinfandel can be harder to find than Barefoot's other reds, so snatch it up if you get the chance. It's well worth the price for casual, everyday drinking.

Profile: Moderate sweetness, minimal tannins with medium acidity, medium-full body.
Flavors: Grape, raisin, maybe some vanilla
Rating: 85
Cost: $6
Value: Great Buy (explanation)

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