Three Thieves 2002 Zinfandel (California)
87 Points Best Buy

This squat one-liter bottle is not your average jug wine. Au contraire, it's produced by three iconoclastic vintners who like to rock the boat: Charles Bieler, Joel Gott and Roger Scommegna, the three thieves who call themselves the “liberators of fine wine.” This wine, made from a blend of Napa Valley and Lodi grapes, kicks off with pretty cherry and earth tones in the nose. On the palate, it's bright-edged, with tangy acidity to support blackberry, spice, cherry, smoke and licorice flavors. And with 33% more wine in the jug than in a traditional 750-ml bottle, Three Thieves is a steal.

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  • Alcohol
    N/A
  • Bottle Size
    1L
  • Category
    Red
  • Date Published
    11/1/2003
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