I stumbled upon Zinke Wines thanks to Vinfluence. For my first wine club shipment with Vinfluence I received three Zinke wines. I cannot thank Vinfluence enough for introducing me to Zinke as these wines are AMAZING. I am honestly having a hard time articulating just how wonderful these wines are. Zinke specializes in single vineyard Rhone style wines. I tend to stick to Bordeaux, but again, thanks to Vinfluence I was forced out of my comfort zone and I couldn’t be happier about it. These are three of the greatest (if not the greatest) Rhone style wines I have ever tasted. I am a fan and customer for life!
First, I tried the 2014 Blanca. I never purchase white blends. Not sure why, but perhaps because I just simply have not tried many so they don’t stand out to me. So, if I am being honest I have to say I wasn’t overly excited to try this one. BUT holy crap!!!!! I cannot believe I am saying this about a white blend…THIS WINE WAS PHENOMENAL. This is going to sound odd but to me it tasted like cotton candy but without being sweet. I, also, got very bright, pronounced kimi and melon. Words can’t describe this wine, you just NEED to try it. Trust me.
Next, I tried the Syrah. I LOVE Syrah’s. Syrah’s are a Rhone style wine that I can always get on board with. Well, this one did not disappoint! I am tempted to say that this may be the best Syrah I have ever tried!!! With my first sip, I walked over to my husband exclaiming, “You HAVE to try this!” He agreed with me, this wine is special. On both the nose and palette I get a large amount of spices (it even tasted a little spicy) and green pepper. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do yourself a favor and try this wine. This $45 wine is up there with the $100+ wines I have tried.
Finally, I tried the Gypsy. This red blend was far lighter in both flavor and color than the Syrah I tried the night before. This medium colored and bodied wine was full of berry and cocoa flavors. It tasted a bit jammy to me…almost like a Zin. At $35, I would certainly purchase this wine again.
Thank you Vinfluence for introducing me to this stellar winery!