Color of ruby with purple shades, quite clear. Nose of chocolate, tobacco leaves, leather, dried strawberry, strength of alcohol, and blackberry. Nose is quite powerful. Taste is dominated by concentrated dried strawberry, ripe juicy grapes, some brown sugar, hint of flowering note, spice, a bit peppery, and a bit zest. Zest shows up more in the aftertaste. Low tannins but full of flavors. — 3 days ago
For my 200th Zinfandel review on vivino, here is a beautiful one from Napa Valley.
Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.
Strong nose of blackberries, sweet cherries, black currants, cedar, leather, licorice, vanilla, espresso, cola, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, alcohol, black pepper and spices.
Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.
Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, raisins, maple, chocolates, coke, coffee, spices, vanilla, cedar, licorice, eucalyptus and peppercorn.
Long finish with soft tannins and tangy cherries.
This is a delicious Zinfandel from Napa Valley. Strong and fruit forward, without being too jammy. Feels like a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon.
Well balanced with nice complexity. Big, yet elegant. Showing a great mouthfeel with a spicy finish.
Good right out of the bottle and good by itself or with food, and will very nicely with a nice burger.
I'd love to revisit it in 3 years. A good quality wine.
100% Zinfandel grapes were aged in oak barrels for 12 months (45% new American Oak ).
14.9% alcohol by volume.
$25. — 14 days ago
Well-executed example of the more modern, super-ripe, plush Zin style. Not a style I am crazy about in general, but this one is not over-the-top. Nose has juicy blackberry, a bit of maple syrup, and some sandestony gravel. Plush and deeply fruity, but within bounds, keeping some balance throughout the long finish. Not super complex, but very nice. — 9 days ago
A very enjoyable Zin. This wine finds a nice balance between the common “too sweet” and “too dry” extremes which dominate this price range. Fruit flavors of cherry and raspberry (without the tart) allow for a smooth feel. There is a nice mild to medium pepper spice that lingers on the tongue long after. There is also a bit of cedar, but I would hardly call this an oaky wine. Overall I find it very approachable by not hitting any of the extremes. Based on the growing conditions I did expect a bit more spice flavorings, but the long finish almost makes up for it. I think the price point is a bit high but I will be buying again. — 2 days ago
Nose has new oak aged blueberry/blackberry juice, blueberry seed, plum skin, mashed over-ripe plum, dark chocolate powder, ripe black cherry and charred red pepper.
Palate has ripe blackberry, ripe black currant, semi-dried plum, dried blueberry, sweetened dried cranberry, blueberry juice, cedar shavings, roasted plum tomato and mild green pepper on the very long finish.
This bottle is in a great spot tonight, but ideally would benefit from another 6-10 years of rest. A fantastic pairing with our slow cooked pulled pork. Sourced from a local to us Columbia Co NY farmer, a Boston Butt with a smoked cayenne rub, well smoked ham hocks and my homemade barbeque sauce, an exceptional match!
Listening to Mike Doughty over a muted Superbowl broadcast tonight, I'm winning my office pool, so everything is turning up roses. 🤓 — 14 days ago