Duane J wrote: We did a blind tasting of Zin at work a while back and a person picked a Zin that was at 12.3% as being hot and high alcohol. Makes you wonder if people can tell the alcohol content or not.
There are a number of reasons why a winery may choose to do this. For larger productions wines, there is a very big economic advantage to having wines under 14% - there are serious tax savings . . . For other wineries, it is simply a matter of balance - they want to release the best wines possible and for numerous reasons, the alcohol content is not in balance with the other components of the wine . . .