Tastes like: A black eye. Not the domestic violence variety. Just really strong black and blue fruit, specifically blackberries and blueberries. The berry flavors were so intense this wine could double as syrup. Yet somehow the flavors did not overwhelm The wine felt balanced by a bit of spice and oak.
Feels like: Smoking a pipe. There is absolutely zero tobacco flavor in the wine, but drinking it is akin to smoking a good pipe. I typically drink wine by the gulp. This Zin has a nice long finish that lingers on your tongue, so I ended up taking smaller sips and enjoying each one.