Steven Bannus Zinfandel Sonoma County Reserve 2005
August 21, 2008, 8:15 pm
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While at work today, I wrote an intensely negative review of  this wine. At one point I likened its oomph to a  ‘declawed, pregnant cat on a porch swing idly swatting at a fly on a lazy Sunday afternoon’  (thank NPH for that imagery). For two days I sought out something I liked in the wine, but really came up short. It was way too jammy and flabby for me and it completely lacked the spicy kick I was looking for in a Zinfandel.

When I got home this evening, I saw that half of a glass remained in the bottle. Never being one to waste wine, I took a swill straight from the bottle–I am the epitome of class by the way. The wine absolutely exploded in my mouth. The spiciness and strong character was suddenly present. The wine was still jammy, but it had new depth and a great dry finish.

As i made dinner I debated with myself the cause of this sea change of flavors. Although could have been the two day old bottle, I’m pretty sure that the incredibly garlicky chicken I ate for those two night had a dominant effect. I’ve always had an odd relationship with garlic, but I think this particular dish kicked my taste buds in the balls. In fact, I’m still slightly feeling the effects of that garlic. Revising my early score of 55 I would now give this wine a solid 77.  Also, I am never eating Trader Joe’s Chicken Serenada again.

Price: $9.99

From: BevMo

Rating: 77


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I think you should send this review to the winemaker, I’m sure it’s what he was going for…a jammy yet spicy wine; we recommend two days of open air contact, to be paired with the residual taste of garlic chicken. I’m sure that is what they were going for. I like it.

Comment by Zach

Steven Bannus is BevMo own label. You would not know, by chance, who actually makes the wine?

Comment by Tanya

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