In my last few posts I’ve shown some pricer wines. That was a reflection of the holiday season and those being my most recent tastings. This post is much more grounded in the kind of wine we are seeking on a daily basis – affordable and often red wine.
The Wine: Meet Cocobon($7). Red wines are a good outlet for extra juice from a variety of red grapes but don’t think red wine is only ‘left over’ juice. Some wineries focus on making red wines and the results can be very impressive. This puts us the consumer in a good position with a little bit of research to locate both affordable and exceptional red wine blends. This is a generic ‘California’ Red Wine, meaning its juice comes a variety of appellations across the state. Zinfandel is the most dominant grape comprising 61% of the blend and 4% Petite Sirah on the low end.
The Experience: This wine was featured at our holiday party/wine tasting. It was the first wine we tasted, so we all had fresh palates. Universally this wine was well received as an everyday wine. There were no complaints or negative remarks. On the nose I was picking up sweet red fruit and a hint of mango. The wine is 13.9% alcohol, so your first impressions will be with a sweeter wine and won’t find much heat from alcohol or much in the way of tannins. Oak and vanilla are very apparent from the first sip followed by darker berry notes showing themselves. Although Zinfandel makes of the largest part of the blend, the 12% Merlot seems to best describe this wine. It’s the bottle you open on a Tuesday to go with your pasta dinner. Nothing special. Nor will you feel gipped on your $7 investment.
The Bottom Line: Worth-A-Buy: This wine is a definite table wine which will draw nice praise from an average wine drinker. For the tpyical consumer looking for a typical bottle of wine, this bottle’s for you. Worth a buy.
Question: Are your daily drinkers always the same or do you choose different wines?
Wine Dork Info:
- Grape Varietals: 61% Zinfandel, 17% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, 6% Petite Verdot, 4% Petite Sirah
- Alcohol: 13.9%
- Barrel Aging: Six months American oak
- Fermentation: cold, 100% malolactic.
- pH: 3.52
- Tantic Acid: 5.7 g/L
- SO2: 77 ppm
- Residual Sugar: 12 g/L