Sierra Foothills: 61% Tempranillo, 26% Graciano, 13% Syrah. Well, this is the Tempranillo sequel to SRR. Wow, another good one by Tank. — a month ago
You know I’m going to do my part and celebrate #NationalWineDay with a glass of vino!
Here’s a California Zinfandel, produced by Broc Cellars. The grapes hail from the Wirth Ranch Vineyard in the Solano County Green Valley AVA of California, less than 15 miles from Napa Valley.
These grapes were grown on old vines, originally planted in 1948. Due in part to the volcanic soils, age of the vines, and Broc Cellars’s dry-farming practices, these vines produced lower yields and more intense concentration of flavors, aromas, and color.
A noteworthy feature of Zinfandel is its tendency to have an irregular fruit set, i.e., grapes that are part of the same bunch may mature at different speeds, something called millerandage, which can be a challenge, creating lack of uniformity, but in some cases may create a beautiful complexity.
This wine is medium purple.
It offers a medium intensity in youthful aromas. Aromas include tart black cherry, black currant, strawberry, rhubarb, violet, anise, fennel, pepper, nutmeg, clove, and delicate peat notes.
On the palate this wine is dry. It has medium(+) acidity, a medium body, medium alcohol, medium(+) tannins, and medium(+) intensity in flavors consistent with the nose. It has a medium finish.
This wine was spontaneously fermented with native, ambient yeast in an open steel tank and then aged for 10 months in a neutral French oak vessel. The resulting wine displays a freshness and purity of fruit character with more subtle spice.
Broc Cellars, Wirth Zinfandel, Solano County Green Valley, California. Vintage 2018. ABV 13.5%.
Cheers! — a month ago
2018 Russian River Valley 96% Merlot, 4% Malbec. What the? So good! Another recent merlot I have really enjoyed. Light and interesting to drink. — a month ago
First wine grape planted in North America? You have my attention. Fascinating history of this varietal that I highly recommend reading up on if you’re lucky to have a friend like @Brendan Devine buy you the Wine Grapes tome. The wine itself is really tasty, desert-like in your mouth and has that full almost raisiny note that a lot of natural wines have. Give it a shot. — 2 months ago
The 2018 Zinfandel Carlisle Vineyard is even better from bottle than it was from tank last year. What a wine! In 2018, the Carlisle Zinfandel is off the charts. Exotic floral notes, crushed red berry fruit, spice and wild flowers give the 2018 magnificent inner sweetness and perfume that just gains in intensity with time in the glass. The blend of 86% Zinfandel and 14% Mixed Blacks works so well. For readers who want to know why 2018 is so magical in the Russian River and Sonoma more broadly, the 2018 Carlisle pretty much sums it up. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2021)
— 2 months ago
Great fruity ganache that goes well with food or on its own. Little bit of precipitant in it. — 3 months ago
Such a delicious crispi boi. Nice and round, a little classic mouthfeel, and zesty zest zest. — a month ago
20th anniversary — 23 days ago
A standard Dry Creek Zinfandel that delivers on the terroir. Blackberries, prunes and dark cherry. — 2 months ago
The plush and delicious Secret Clone. Aging beautifully. No loss anywhere. Deep red/black fruit. Oak showing through right now. Much more left in the tank. A truly fine Napa wine. — 2 months ago