On the nose I get loads of Smuckers blackberry jam, cassis, oak, and a hint of alcohol that regrettably registers. The ripe blackberry and cassis aromas translate onto the palate and there is also a hint of chocolate too.
This Zin is the type of wine that smells one way but tastes completely different. From the aromas you would expect a jammy or fruity style Zinfandel, but it is actually quite big, powerful, and spicy. There is some pretty intense black fruit but what concerns me is the lack of texture and finesse and the alcohol on the finish. You also have to look at QPR when you're talking about this Zin, because it's really not cheap at $28. I think you can easily find this type of wine in the fifteen to twenty dollar range. 86-87 points