Maker: HRM Rex Goliath Winery, Woodbridge, California
Packaging: 750 ml bottle, artificial cork
Our Rating: 8.3 out of 10
Is it possible to buy a good Zinfandel for six bucks? Well, HRM Rex Goliath California Zinfandel isn’t a great Zin. It’s not as complex or intense as the “big” Zins I favor, and at 13.5% alcohol it’s at the lighter end of the spectrum for Zin. But, it’s a fair representation of the varietal and not a bad wine for casual swilling. Rex Goliath Zinfandel’s flavor is fruity and slightly sweet, with blueberry and strawberry notes predominating. It has a reasonably long, peppery finish.
According to the Rex Goliath website, “We sourced fruit from throughout the state of California to make this wine. This is important because each viticultural area brings something unique to the blend. The old-vine fruit from Lodi provides an abundance of ripe blackberry and cherry flavors. The Central Coast provides earthy, spice, coffee/mocha notes. The dry farmed fruit from the Sierra Foothills provides the depth and complexity which really rounds out the flavor profile.”
That description might make Rex Goliath Zinfandel sound like one of the greatest Zins of all time. Don’t expect that. But, it is a super value in the $5-7 range and will provide a nice, fruity accompaniment to barbecue or another dish that can pair with its fruity nature.