This is actually the first (non-Shebang division) I’ve popped and it’s “just” the 2012 OV Zin.
And daggone, it’s kind of aggressively delicious.
I think we’ve all had the experience of opening a much-hyped wine and asking, “Is That It?”
Not the case here. This strikes me as both “muscular” and “pretty,” to use two words that don’t really mean much outside of the context of the taster.
Regardless, I like it a lot, and look forward to my 2013s hitting my door in a couple of months. It’s raspberry jam without being jammy. Brambly and perfumed. Rich but not fat. None of the “coconut” that I associate with so many zins, which I guess comes from American oak.
I opened a perfectly respectable NZ pinot simultaneously (don’t ask me why) and the Bedrock promptly knocked down the pinot and took all its lunch money.