i am always on the lookout for good zins. i have found a few really nice ones and the price ranges have been all over the place. this california zin is quite nice, not over the top big and bold and the price is nice at $11. the nose was blackberry and maybe a little plum. also got some nice cedar and anise aromas as well. the flavors were black cherry and tobacco, with some grilled meat notes, some earth and leather and a nice pepper spice near the finish. hearty medium tannins and a nice long finish and i was ready for more. got a barbecue coming up? this would go well with those grilled red meats. good zin for the price and worth a second look.