A Zinful Zin

Last Wednesday was the President’s State of the Union (SOTU) address, and while I don’t generally give details about my “day job,” many of you know that I work in the political arena. Therefore, the day of the SOTU was a busy one, as I speculated on and answered questions about what would be included, not to mention trying to figure out what it would mean for me in my new job if all of the rumors were true. After a busy of day, which included working a bit later than usual, I headed home to make a quick and easy dinner for Hubby and me and open a bottle of Zinfandel, since Zins are one of my favorite types of wine when it’s particularly cold outside. There’s just something about the spicy, jamminess of a good Zinfandel that warms me up. After dinner, I refilled my glass, grabbed my blackberry, and tuned in to watch the President.

The 2007 7 Deadly Zins (winery, snooth) was a deep, deep ruby. On the nose, there were raspberries, blueberry jam, nutmeg, cedar, spices, earth, pine needles, and ferns. In the mouth, there were raspberries, vanilla, cedar, and a touch of cola, pine needles, and earth. The wine was super acidic with medium tannins.

Unsurprisingly, this wine, which has a catchy name and label, has been reviewed by a number of my favorite blogs, including this review on luxury blog Luxist, this review on wine blog CheapWineRatings.com, this review on wine blog Wine Life 365, and this review on wine blog Wine Harlots. As you can you see from the other write-ups, there are mixed feelings about this 7 Deadly Zins, so if you’ve had a chance to taste it yourself, I’d love to know what you think.

As for me, Is this worth a glass after work? Sure…you won’t be drinking anything out of the ordinary, but you’ll definitely have a decent, reliable glass of wine. At $15, on it’s own, the wine was fine, although nothing particularly special. The beautiful nose led me to expect a luscious wine that I could sink into while watching the SOTU address, and it didn’t quite live up to those expectations. However, when paired with a soy-sesame marinated steak, the spiciness of the wine complimented the steak perfectly (for you regular readers, you’re probably tired of me pairing wine with a soy-sesame marinated, but I absolutely love it!). In general, it was a decent, enjoyable wine. You could definitely do worse.

Overall: 3 Corks


  1. Mark says

    Hey Allison,
    Thanks so much for the shout out!
    Like you said – a lot of mixed feelings on this particular wine. I was not a fan of it and received a few hmmm… "choice" comments from folks saying, "Parker gave it 90 pts yadda yadda – so your review is wrong. I did however absolutely love this same producer's Zin called Earthquake. Have you tried Earthquake Zin?
    btw – Soy-sesame marinated steak is out of this world!

  2. shelby says

    I've seen this wine a ton of times and always wondered about it! The catchy names always draw me in. 🙂 Glad to hear what you think about it!

  3. says

    Nice review, Allison. I agree with your take on it. The review from my site that you referenced was the 2005 vintage, but I recently reviewed the 2007 and it didn’t impress me as much as the former. Cheers!

  4. says

    Seven Deadly Zins is one of the first wines I actually remember drinking when I started to get into wine. I loved it then but would be interested to see what my more cultured palate now would think of it!

    • says

      Kira–It’s funny to think back on “first wine experiences.” I definitely think you should grab a bottle and see what you think of it now…and I’d love to hear about it.

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