2006 Leccino Zinfandel (~$7)

Credit where credit is due: this is a pretty good-looking bottle. An understated paper label, nice fonts, and the promising pedigree "Lodi" and "Old Vine" (a bit more on this in another post). A bit generic, I suppose, but a relief from the over-the-top visual aesthetic of many bottom-shelf wines.

The nose is pleasant, featuring briary earth, cloves, and a bit of cedar. The palate (i.e. kind of the whole point of opening a bottle) is a pretty big let down, however. Raspberry and blackberry predominate, flecked though with bits of black pepper and tar. The tannins are sharp and astringent, coating the tongue without offering much in the way of structure. The finish is short and a bit hot, as the 14.5% ABV makes a rather unpleasant appearance. After half an hour in the glass, the wine actually tasted flabbier and more alcoholic.

Spend the extra couple of bucks on a bottle of Gnarly Head.

(Oh, and a Silver Medal at SF's 2009 Wine Competition? Seriously?)


Drinkability: 3/10
Price: 4/5
Total Value: 7/15


  1. I'm confused are you saying I shouldn't buy the bottle with the cool label? I thought that was a sign of well crafted wine?

  2. Sure, how could you go wrong with Frog Piss?!

  3. The Leccino Zin is far superior to Gnarley Head. There are few $5.99 (in fact I cannot think of one) wines better at F&E. Sure it is not a great bottle of wine, but it's $5.99! Most of the other budget wines at F&E ($4.99-$6.99) are terrible. Leccino, for the money, is fantastic. And who cares about the label?

  4. Anonymous II, I agree with you totally! Who cares about the label. It tastes great to me at that price with a 14.5% alcohol content! Where can I get some more? My F&E ran out!!!!


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