Written By Treve Ring Libations / Red Wine Oct 19, 2011 Candor Lot 3 Zinfandel SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestCandor Lot 3 Zinfandel Californiawww.candorwines.com $28-32 +736645 available at select private liquor retailers If I may speak with candor, I’d like to note that it’s pretty damn near impossible to find a well made, high quality, lovingly tended California wine for under $20. And that’s what the highly regarded experienced Austin Hope (of the Hope family behind Liberty School and Treana Winery) thought too, when he created their Candor project. In the USA, Candor wines clock in under $20, but of course the crossing of the 49th parallel adds approximately a 50% mark up to the wine. So although this wine hits our shelves around the $30 mark, lets remember the initial goal of the Hopes: over delivery for price.The Candor line is all about varietal character, an response to the “what does Zinfandel really taste like” concept. To answer such a multifaceted question, Austin went with a multifaceted approach. Lot 3 Zin blends 3 vintages (2008, 2009 and 2010), 2 appellations (Paso Robles and Lodi) and vine ages (gnarly old and fresh new) to create what he deems spot-on California Zin.Inky purple in hue, with a blast of fresh jammy fruit – juicy blackberries and plum – with licks of red licorice, herbal cherry, dark chocolate and zippy spice. Smooth tannins, a plush palate and bright acidity make this Candor, candidly, too easy to drink a lot of. Meat and tomato sauced pasta or casseroles would work well with this. For $18 in the USA, a great steal. For $30 in BC – a good find. Rating: (click here to see what our wine ratings mean) EATrecommendsCandor Lot 3 ZinfandelInky purple in hue, with a blast of fresh jammy fruit – juicy blackberries and plum – with licks of red licorice, herbal cherry, dark chocolate and zippy spice. Smooth tannins, a plush palate and bright acidity make this Candor, candidly, too easy to drink a lot of. Meat and tomato sauced pasta or casseroles would work well with this. Californiawine review SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Treve Ring Treve Ring is a wine writer, editor, judge, consultant and certified sommelier, and has been with EAT Magazine for over a decade.\r\n\r\nIn addition to her work with EAT, she is a Wine Critic and National Judge for ... Read More You may also like Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Tofino May 2019 16th Tofino Food & Wine Festival — 20 top chefs, 75 wineries and 21 breweries to indulge on June 7th – 9th. Friday kicks off The Cocktail ... Read More Events / Food News / Places May 3, 2019 The Buzz Up-island May 2019 Living on Vancouver Island is like living in paradise; however, I think Mother Nature is possibly going to test our resilience this season with ... Read More Beer / Beer & Cider / Drink / Events / Victoria March 24, 2019 A New Beer Society in Town Victoria Beer Week launched its sixth annual festival earlier this month, which ran from March 1-9. In addition to the festival returning for another ... Read More Beer / Wineries & Breweries February 4, 2019 Vancouver Island Brewery’s New Porter and New Re-Rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery unveils new porter along with their new re-rebrand Vancouver Island Brewery held a flight night last week, in part to ... Read More Comments are closed.