I picked this up for about $13 at the Glunz Family tasting room in Long Grove, Illinois. To be honest, most of the regular Glunz table wines don't do much for me, but I found this one to not only be better, but to be a pretty solid wine.
Before anything else – this had a ton of sediment so if you have a bottle you may want to keep it upright for a couple days before consuming.
Strawberry and oak on the nose.
A lot of Zins are fruit bombs but this one is very nicely balanced. Strawberry, cherry, oak, black pepper, and a hint of tobacco.
Some spicy notes come through on the finish – cherry pie filling and a bit of black pepper.
On the second day, some oak and funky notes come through. The palate still has a nice balance of fruit, oak, and spice but what's new is some strong overripe blueberry, cola, and root beer notes. Black pepper and cinnamon, plus a bit of strawberry and plum linger on the finish.
Well, this has got to be among the best Illinois wines I've had – excellent QPR – nicely balanced and a great overall bottle.