The 2010 Old Moon Old Vines Zinfandel is a $5.99 Trader Joe’s exclusive, sourced from several California growing AVA’s. The term “Old Vines” has no legal meaning, it could mean anything, but usually “Old Vines” are either the vines from vineyards the Catholic Church designated as Communion wine vineyards during Prohibition or Zinfandel vines planted during the White Zinfandel craze of the 70’s. Like most Trader Joe’s wines there is no information available on how the wine was made. The alcohol content is 14%.
The color is cherry red and is much lighter around the edges. The nose is blueberry fruit roll-ups, a Starbucks Venti Mocha and some spearmint gum. A bit too light bodied for a “Old Vines” Zinfandel, it is on the watery side when it should be closer to full bodied. It tastes of blackberry and a touch of licorice, some raspberry and spice show up on the mid-palate. There is a light bite from the tannins and a slight oaky taste on the finish.
The Old Moon Zinfandel is a simple unpretentious wine. I prefer my Zinfandels to be bigger and bolder, it is not bad tasting, it is just not my style, so the Old Moon Zin is not on my buy list.