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TODAY'S FEATURED WINE
Preston of Dry Creek: Zinfandel: Dry Creek -Sonoma County - California: : 2012: United States
This came off as a thin, pale version of cherry Kool-Aid. Served by the glass at the Norman Rose Tavern in Napa.
To be fair to the winery, this may be a case of earthquake wine that got too hot after the August temblor.
This was not the first sketchy glass of wine there yesterday.
We had previously sent back glasses of a wine that I absolutely love: 2012 Venge Scout's Honor. What we were served came off as lacking in fruit and flawed with noticeable volatile acidity -- which seemed like it had come from a bottle that had been open too long. Or maybe gotten too hot.
They promised to open a fresh bottle, but the taste they later brought to the table was identical to the first. I know Scout's Honor well, and neither the first glass or the taste resembled it.
Not wanting to struggle with the wine any longer, I surrendered and nursed the Preston through the meal.
Wineries may want to sent some secret tasters to quake-struck customers to see if their wine has suffered. Damaged wine cannot help your reputation.
For winery tasting samples, gifts from friends or family or samplings at a party or event, review it truthfully, but only if I like it. If I have paid my own very-hard-earned money on a bottle, the gloves are off and it gets what it deserves ... whether perfect or puerile.
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