Archive for the 'Zinfandel' Category
It’s been a while since I wrote up a Zinfandel, but last week was the big Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) Festival in San Francisco. I didn’t attend this year, but it’s a wine fest that holds a special place in my heart. It’s got to be the most fun-oriented/least pretentious wine event I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing. I was down there the day after it ended, but America’s grape was on my mind. I went into my write-up archive and found this one that I had tasted a month or so ago. I had picked this bottle up at the winery when Candace and I visited Napa and Sonoma back in March, 2010.
In the glass it’s got a dark-dark red colour. I kept burying my nose in the glass to smell the aromas of ripe blackberry, dark chocolate, black pepper and cracked stone. You can smell the minerals from the soil. After a sip, the progression of the wine’s flavours disappointed just a bit. They start out full and ripe, but then disappear a bit and go flat… then they make a sudden reappearance with the full ripe berry fruit and a jammy, yet balanced and looooooong finish. So what we have here is a wine with a killer nose that starts out impressively in the mouth then disappears for a bit before making a memorable comeback.
All in all, I did like this wine – quite a bit. I liked the dustiness and minerality that mixed in with the fruit.
Our second day in California’s wine country got off to a lazy start at my new favourite coffee spot in Santa Rosa, Flying Goat Coffee. After taking a leisurely stroll around Santa Rosa’s historic Railroad Square, we hopped in the car and headed toward our first stop of the day – Mazzocco Winery, near Healdsburg.
I had been emailing back and forth with Mazzocco for a while regarding a sample bottle they wanted to send me. Because of British Columbia’s antiquated and ridiculous liquor laws, it’s next to impossible to receive wine as samples in our province (I know – go figure)… so, while I was down in the area, it made sense to drop by, pick up the sample and taste the rest of the current releases.
It was Saturday, so that meant that both the parking lot and tasting room were chock full of Mazzocco wine fans. Candace and I made our way in and found a little corner at the tasting bar. I’ve liked pretty much everything I’ve tried from Mazzocco, so I was looking forward to trying their new wines. I’ll give something away here – I wasn’t disappointed. At all.
Here’s what we tasted:
- 2007 Stuhlmuller Reserve Chardonnay ($36)
Nice notes of vanilla, butter, caramel and citrus lead to a balanced and crisp finish.
- 2004 “Inheritance” Cabernet Sauvignon ($40)
5 years in oak produced a smoothly balanced wine with a lot of vanilla and licorice spice to the dark currant flavours.
4 – 4.5 stars
- 2005 Merlot – Dry Creek Valley ($28)
This had a nice vanilla edge and some cracked pepper and a tonne of dark cherry/berry fruit with a long finish.
- 2005 Aguilera Petite Sirah ($35)
This was very firm and tannic, yet approachable with its licorice and black cherry/berry flavours.
4 – 4.5 stars
- 2007 Briar Zinfandel ($29)
This was the first Zin of the tasting and wow – the pure fruit that Mazzocco gets out of their Zins is so good. This had big ripe blackberry syrup with a vanilla bean edge. The finish lasted minutes.
- 2007 Stone Zinfandel ($29)
Big, delicious ripe red berry fruit with a syrupy edge and a long, long finish.
4 – 4.5 stars
- 2007 Warm Springs Zinfandel ($32)
A dose of Petite Sirah added some tannic heft to this full-bodied dark berry bomb. So good.
- 2007 Smith Orchard Reserve Zinfandel ($50)
Wow. I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but… again – this wine has outstanding dark berry with a syrupy edge to its long and pleasantly tannic finish.
- 2007 Maple Reserve Zinfandel ($60)
Mmmmmmm… the Maple Reserve. I really liked this (though I have to say that I really liked all their Zins). This one stayed with me just a little bit more. It had a dusty edge to its dark berry fruit with a touch of brown sugar to the long finish. Outstanding.
- 2007 Antoine Philippe Reserve Zinfandel ($120)
The winemaker’s personal reserve. Ever wonder what an over-$100 Zinfandel tastes like? Like this… or this is what that should taste like. When I reviewed the 2006, I called it “possibly the best Zinfandel I’ve ever tasted.” Well this may have surpassed it. Although the previous wines were great Zins, this was just a step above. Firm, but fine tannins cap the delicious dark fruit. Wow. Just wow.
- 2007 Kenneth Carl Reserve Zinfandel ($150)
This is just about right up there with the Antoine Philippe. This is the personal reserve chosen by the winery’s owner, Ken (Kenneth Carl) Wilson. It’s immense, with blackberry, black pepper and licorice. The finish just keeps on going. Another amazing effort.
I’d like to give a shout to Bernie (that’s her with me in the pic above), who despite having a packed tasting room, manged to keep the samples coming and was kind enough to fill me in on every wine we tasted and even showed me pics from the different vineyards.
The Zinfandels that Mazzocco turn out really hit my palate in all the right ways. They’ve got big and balanced fruit flavours with a briary edge to the firm, but not too firm tannins. Candace agreed. She picked these as her favourite wines of the trip.
After leaving Mazzocco, I chose to drop in at nearby Mauritson Wines. Last summer, while in the area for ZAP, I had picked up a 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County from them and was curious as to what their other wines might be like.
Here’s what we tasted:
- 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek Valley ($17)
This had crisp citrus fruit and a nice mineral edge to the finish. Very refreshing.
3.5 – 4 stars
- 2007 Chardonnay Alexander Valley Valley ($25)
I really liked this. It had a crisp citrus edge to its tropical fruit that led to a long finish. A very nice effort – only 457 cases were produced.
4 – 4.5 stars
- 2008 Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley ($27)
There was an almost meaty edge to the pepper and dark berry/cherry fruit. Very tasty.
- 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County ($35)
This had refined and tasty black currant fruit with a vanilla edge. The tannins were fine, but firm and the finish lasted minutes. This could definitely benefit from some time in your cellar.
The Rockpile Zinfandels:
These are the wines for which Mauritson is best-known. I hadn’t really tried them before and have to say that I was very impressed. They were very well-balanced with loads of spice and dark fruit.
- 2007 Rockpile Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel ($35)
Tasty jammy ripe red berry fruit with black pepper and really nice mineral-edged tannins on the finish. Really good stuff.
- 2007 Rockpile Jack’s Cabin Vineyard Zinfandel ($37)
This really grabbed me. I picked up flavours of black pepper, licorice, dark chocolate and juicy dark berries.
- 2007 Rockpile Westphall Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel ($37)
I got a bit of a meaty edge to the nose of this wine… but the flavours were all about the dark berry fruit along with licorice. Wow – a very tasty Zin.
- 2007 Rockpile Cemetary Vineyard Zinfandel ($39)
This is a bit of a monster – it’s got all the beautiful dark Zinfandel fruit, but with layers of complexity and a load of tannins on the finish. This is the one I tasted that could sit in your cellar for a while. Very, very good.
There were a few other wineries I would have liked to have visited on Saturday, but quality should always win out over quantity. I would whole-heartedly recommend visits to both wineries. The folks manning the tasting rooms were unbelievably friendly and the wines… well, there wasn’t a dud in the bunch. Check them out. Your taste buds will thank you.2 comments
Candace and I headed into the Napa Valley last Friday and I was really looking forward to the appointments I had set up. The weather was spring-warm perfect, the traffic was light and I was looking forward to tasting some of Napa’s Cabernet. First in line was the venerable Beaulieu Vineyard, located in Rutherford. The second appointment was set for 2pm at Whitehall Lane Winery and we were penciled in at Cuvaison Estate Wines in Calistoga for 4pm. It was going to be an afternoon full of (hopefully) good wine.
I had only visited Beaulieu once before – way back in 1991. That was also my first visit to Napa Valley. What I really remember about the visit was that, back then, like many guys in their early 20′s I was into the whole Seattle music scene and had the hair to match. It was halfway down my back. I know… I know, but hey – it was the early 90′s. The point of mentioning this was that many of the wineries, upon seeing 4 long-haired musician-looking types headed their way, lived up to the much-feared wine snob stereotype – they treated us like crap. We were there to learn, sample and buy. They made that much less pleasant than it should have been.
Not Beaulieu. To this day, I have a soft spot for them because of the open and friendly way we were greeted and led through a wine sampling education. It was what a visit to a winery should be – FUN. They helped send me down the road to being the wine geek I am today. I don’t remember the names of the nice folks from that visit, but will fondly remember our tasting with Robert last Friday.
We were greeted at the door with a sample of their 2007 Sauvignon Blanc and then made our way to their tasting bar and through their Maestro Collection and their Napa Valley Cabernets. Here’s a list and quick rating of what we tasted:
- 2006 Maestro Petite Sirah ($32) – 3.5 – 4 stars
- 2005 Maestro Ensemble Red ($27) – 4 stars
- 2006 Maestro Zinfandel ($30) – 4 stars
- (Unsure of the vintage) Tempranillo ($?) – 4 stars
- 2006 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon ($30) – 4 – 4.5 stars
- 2005 Reserve Maestro Cabernet No. 1 ($65) – 4.5 stars
- 2005 Reserve Maestro Cabernet No. 2 ($65) – 4.5 stars (my favourite of this flight)
- 2006 Reserve Maestro Cabernet No. 2 ($65) – 4.5 stars
After tasting these, Robert took us down to the members’ tasting lounge and seated us in front of 4 glasses. Into those he poured:
- 2006 Reserve Carneros Pinot Noir ($45)
Beautiful colour with elegant ripe plum and cherry flavours.
- 2003 Tapestry Reserve ($? – a classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec)
Balanced ripe fruit with firm yet silky mineral-laced tannins.
- 2006 Tapestry Reserve ($60)
Bigger and earthier with a toasty edge to the dark cherry, black currant and dark chocolate flavours. Lots of tannin. Very tasty.
- 2006 Beaulieu Vineyard Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ($115)
Really good. Lots of complexity. I got licorice, blackberry, black currant and vanilla spice on the nose. The flavours showed all that along with some coffee. The finish lasted minutes and was very firm. It has the structure to last for quite a while and will be best in a few years.
Whitehall Lane Winery:
Next up was our 2pm appointment with Katie. This is a much smaller family operation compared to Beaulieu. It was bought by Tom Leonardini Sr. in 1993 and has seen extensive changes to the winery and the equipment since that time. The winery owns roughly 110 acres of vineyards in the Napa Valley including the Leonardini Vineyard in St. Helena and the Rutherford West Vineyard in, you guessed it, Rutherford.
Katie poured us a sample of their Chardonnay and led us out of the tasting room and into the winery. We watched them bottling their 2009 Sauvignon Blanc and had a quick tour of the member’s lounge and a beautiful view of the surrounding vineyards from its deck. We then headed back to the tasting room to sample their wines. Here’s what we tasted:
- 2008 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($16)
Crisp acidity and nice citrus and melon fruit.
3.5 – 4 stars
- 2007 Chardonnay, Carneros ($28)
Again – nice and crisp with pear and citrus with some vanilla from the oak.
3.5 – 4 stars
- 2007 Pinot Noir, Carneros ($28)
Very light with nice red cherry and a bit of citrus and spice.
- 2006 Merlot, Napa Valley ($28)
Black cherry and berry with a floral edge lead to nice vanilla and spice on the finish.
- 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($40)
Nice tannins edge the ripe blackberry and black currant fruit with earth and spice on the finish.
4 – 4.5 stars
- 2006 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($60)
This is a blend of fruit from both of their Cabernet vineyard sites in the Napa Valley. It really grabbed my taste buds with its ripe fruit and elegant balance. Flavours of black currant, dark cherry and berry led to a spicy vanilla-tinged finish from the oak. It’s still quite young and will be best in a year or so (or more).
- 2006 St. Helena Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($60)
This was Candace’s favourite wine of the day, with a really nice nose that hinted at the ripe fruit to come. A sip literally explodes in the mouth with jammy back currant and berry fruit, followed by a long and elegant finish with very firm tannins.
- 2006 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley ($60)
This wine was a very interesting counterpart to the St. Helena Cab. It tasted of the “Rutherford Dust” the area is known for. This also had really elegant fruit and a long spicy finish. I really liked this one.
All in all, I’d have to say that I really liked the Cabs we tasted. As a matter of fact, I liked them enough that I took a few with me when we left.
Cuvaison Estate Wines:
Last July when I was down in Napa and Sonoma for the Wine Blogger’s Conference, a mix-up left Graham, Shea and I standing in Cuvaison’s Calistoga parking lot wondering where the rest of the crew had disappeared to… only to realize that they had been bused down to Cuvaison’s newer Carneros facility. Well, I made a mental note to return to the cozy Calistoga tasting room the next time I was in the area – so with an appointment set up by my friend Paul Watkin of Seacove Wines (who represent Cuvaison in BC), here we were.
After a recent re-vamp, the room was not only cozy, but modern as well. We settled in at one of the tables and Gabe brought around the samples and filled us in on the geographical and winemaking facts for each wine. I was really impressed with what he poured:
- 2007 S Block Chardonnay ($38)
This had really gorgeous fruit – orange peel, melon and pineapple that led to a balanced and crisp finish. Very tasty.
- 2007 ATS Chardonnay ($54)
Wow. There was an explosion of flavour on the finish of this wine – crème brulée, nut, apple and mineral-edged lemon. Initially, a sip gave peach, and citrus flavours, but man… that finish. Very good.
- 2008 Mariafield Pinot Noir ($32)
This Swiss clone gives bright purple cherry and cola flavours, with tonnes of spice and cherry cola on the finish.
4 – 4.5 stars
- 2007 Block F5 Pinot Noir ($45)
I really liked this wine. It was darker in colour than the Mariafield and struck me as having more going on. On the nose, there was blackberry and ripe red cherry. A sip gave me silky tannins that edged the black cherry cola, spice and floral flavours.
- 2007 Zinfandel, Bald Mountain ($35)
This wine surprised me. I know Cuvaison is known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but they also turn out a tasty Zinfandel. It had nice dark plum and berry on the nose. Flavours of ripe plum, dark berry led out to bramble spice and cracked pepper on the finish.
4 – 4.5 stars
- 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder ($45)
Black pepper and ripe currant on the nose led to black pepper, currant and licorice flavours and a long finish.
4 – 4.5 stars
- 2006 Brandlin Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder ($85)
This really caught me off guard. Its’ delicious! The nose showed purple berry, vanilla and licorice spice. The flavours were big and balanced – ripe dark berry, black currant, licorice and spice on the long, long finish. Wow.
I have to say that this is the way to spend a day in Napa Valley. Make a few appointments and really spend the time going through each winery’s wines. There are a lot of great wineries in the valley, so take some time to check them out.
Graham, Shea and I came across this bottle while visiting the Mazzocco Winery during 2009′s Wine Bloggers’ Conference. We dropped in and tasted everything they had on hand with their exceptionally friendly staff, before being offered a special tasting of a few of their Reserve wines. Having fallen in love with their wines at ZAP, we weren’t about to turn that chance down. The result? I thought they were all standouts, but this one really grabbed our interest (and money).
I forget the exact story of how this and their other Reserve wines came into being, but the story is something along the lines of “owner of the winery thinks he (Kenneth Carl), the winemaker (Antoine Favero) and the vineyard manager (Juan Rodriguez) should peek at how the current vintages were developing and select small amounts of what they thought were the best of what they found – and each of them would make their own blend”. The results are the Kenneth Carl Reserve, the Juan Rodriguez Reserve and the subject of this post – the Antoine Philippe Reserve.
It goes without saying that I was looking forward to popping the cork and savouring a few glasses. Graham had his in late 2009 – I enjoyed my bottle on the last night of my recent holiday.
I’ve never gotten this much from the nose on a Zin… there’s just SO much going on – I get maple-brown sugar, red licorice, brambles and so much ripe blackberry that my mouth started watering. It’s not overwhelming or boozy at all. The nose is surprisingly balanced for a wine with 16.2% ABV.
The flavours? My initial reaction was, “Wow.” It’s just so full and complex. Initially there’s a mouthful of ripe blackberries and plum fruit, which is then followed by an incredibly balanced mix of licorice, brown sugar (with that maple edge) and a lingering bit of violet on the velvety-tannic finish – which lasts minutes.
Graham had this to add:
“I too was taken in by the breadth of the nose on this wine. I found the beautiful fruit and sweetness on the nose balanced by some nice leather and floral notes. So appealing and elegant for a Zin of this magnitude.
It is completely mouth-filling with a nice dark plum backbone under the beautiful berries that mix over top. The real “wow” here is how this wine is concentrated and structured but not at all over the top or cloying in anyway. At 16.2% this is some seriously ripe fruit, but Antoine Favero has maintained an incredible finesse in this wine.”
How can you not love this wine?? Don’t like Zin? Try something this complex and balanced. It’s not just a Zinfandel. It’s a memorable and exceptional bottle of wine.
Only 100 cases were made.
$120 USD at the winery.
Chaos. The holiday season seems to breed it in various forms, and today for me it was in the form of my youngest daughter’s 5th birthday and a bowling party for 21 five year olds. Chaos sometimes comes lovely and adorable ways.
To celebrate the success of this event, I decided to open the last of my gems from our journey to Brown Estate Vineyards in July. We have detailed the stunning nature of the visit and the wines previously (including this one, however it is worthy of mention repeatedly). Again, it lives up to all the others.
The Chaos Theory is blend of the various blocks of zinfandel, and some of their tasty cabernet. When we visited, we had the chance to savor a barrel sample of the upcoming Cabernet (to be blended with Syrah I believe) and it had a beautiful dark fruit and graphite character. This offering makes the blend a seamless silky goodness.
The nose has beautiful blueberry with some cedar and nettle the builds into what I can only describe as “Christmas Spice” that continues on throughout every gorgeous sip. The palate has delicious dark fruit, plum, currant, and more blueberry in all it’s viscous goodness. The finish brings some clove, orange zest, and just superb balance that characterize Brown Estate wines in my experience.
This is another in the series of Brown Estate offerings that speak to the honesty, integrity, and genuine passion that are hallmarks of their wines. Love it. Plain and simple.
$36 USD at the Winery (a great deal).
Well now. I think we have a candidate for a top 5 wine of the year, at least in my books (or bytes in this case). This is one of the wines I brought back from my visit with Deneen and Coral Brown at Brown Estate Vineyards with Graham and Shea while we were attending the 2009 Wine Bloggers’ Conference. We all loved it then… and I’m liking it even better this time around.
The nose is insane. It’s a pure expression of Napa Zinfandel fruit. There’s a nettle edge to the brown sugar, allspice and straight-ahead ripe blackberry fruit. I just want to sit here and take sniff after sniff of my glass. I would if I didn’t know that the wine tastes even better than it smells.
Oh my God! The flavours. It’s like a beautifully balanced (even at 15.8% booze) Zinfandel concentrate. There’s so much going on. They start out with a burst of cranberry, rhubarb and ripe blackberry. The fruit blends seamlessly with vanilla, allspice, and a brown sugar-like edge to the LONG finish.
This is a seriously tasty bottle of wine. I dare any of you out there to taste it and not love it. I don’t think it can be done.
Brown Estate Wine Dinner – 2007 Napa Valley Chardonnay, 2001 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 Chaos Theory & 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
On Saturday night Shea and I headed out to Graham and Leah’s place in the ‘burbs with our better halves to cook up our much-anticipated Brown Estate wine dinner. When we visited the Browns back in July while we were in Sonoma and Napa for the Wine Bloggers’ Conference, Deneen and Coral by-passed awesome and went straight to best ever by giving the three us a great tour, taking us through a tasting of pretty much every wine they had on the property (paired with Coral’s selection of cheeses), giving us a tour of their cave along with tastes straight from the barrels and then topped it all off by handing us 4 bottles of wine to take along as we were headed out.
We told them we would get together and share the 4 wines over dinner. So, the past couple of weeks saw a flurry of emails go back and forth as we decided what would be served with each wine. We settled on a couple of nice cheeses from Les Amis du Fromage here in Vancouver with the Chardonnay, lamb kebabs with the 2001 Cabernet, freshly made pizzas with the 2006 Chaos Theory and finally some delicious tenderloin steaks with the 2004 Cabernet. I can’t remember when I’ve enjoyed food and wine more than I did last Saturday.
OK, so the first wine out of the gate was the 2007 Napa Valley Chardonnay. Shea had brought along a couple of cheeses from Les Amis du Fromage that paired beautifully. They each brought out different flavours in the Chardonnay. If you can find it, buy this wine. It’s a gorgeous bottle of Napa Valley Chardonnay that also shows some of the crispness and complexity of a white Burgundy. Wow. Have a look.
The 2001 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (signed by the winemaker, David Brown) was up next. Graham had BBQ’d up some incredibly tasty lamb kebabs to have with the wine. The pairing really worked . The wine had gorgeous round berry and dark cherry fruit that showed a slightly stewed edge to the fruit (very slight) with its age. It was an amazing bottle – and thinking back, possibly my favourite of the night.
Next up was the 2006 Napa Valley Chaos Theory Cabernet-Zinfandel Blend. I can’t track down the exact percentages in this blend, but WOW, it adds up to a gorgeous bottle of wine. There’s the briary dark fruit from the Zin, with the dark and tannicly fruity edge of the Cab. It’s complex, gorgeous and incredibly fun to sip. It’ simply delicious.
We paired the Chaos Theory with a handmade pizza made up of freshly grilled veggies, a sauce I made when I got out to Graham’s (tomatoes, smoked tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, salt, cracked chilis and freshly ground pepper), mozzarella cheese with a bit of crumbled feta cheese and black pepper.
… and finally, we had the the 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon with grilled tenderloin steaks. Wow, this worked. Thanks to Graham’s deft work on the grill, the meat was incredibly tender – cut with a fork tender. It was simply spiced with a brushing of olive oil (from Napa’s Spring Mountain Vineyards – thanks Ted!), freshly ground pepper and coarse salt.
It was incredible with its youthful tannins, cracked pepper sprinkled blackberry and dark currant flavours. It had a finish that went on as long as we wanted and left us longing for more. Like the others, it was a beautiful bottle of wine.
The evening was exactly what we wanted it to be, helped along by wines that were simply unforgettable – as much for their quality as our new-found attachment to the place. Brown Estate Winery is a special place, made so by the family that owns and nurtures it. We all felt a special attachment when we visited and can only hope that if you head down to Napa, you give them a call, drop by and have as much fun as we did.2 comments
I picked it up at K & L Wines in San Fran back in January while Graham and I were down there for ZAP. It’s a refined big big boy of a Zin. Its nose is a heady mix of blackberry jam, black licorice and pepper spice along with a bit of heat from the 15.6% booze. A sip lets loose a big mouthful of ripe blackberries along with the spice the nose hinted at and leads to a long mineral-edged finish.
To me, this is like the bigger brother of the 2007 Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel everyone (including me) made all the fuss over back when Wine Spectator’s Top 100 listed it as the #10 wine of the 2008. Yes, it’s good.
Zin fans who like a bit of refinement with their ripeness should check it out. I’m glad I did.
$29 at K & L Wines in SF – $49.99 at LDB stores here in BC.
I’m throwing my hat into the wine review ring as it were. I’m assuming my appeal to readers might be that I’m “accessible” or “tells it like it is”, for the reason that I’m something of a noob at this. Not the writing part, or even the drinking part, but rather, the writing-about-drinking part. So let’s get started shall we?
It was a pleasant Spring afternoon when I decided to mosey into my local wine shop… no, scratch that. Start over. Ahem, hrm…
Last night I opened up a bottle of said wine. I had had some of this same elixir several days ago, but on the heels of a much inferior libation called Misterio. As such I wanted to dig into this bad boy with a clean palate. Now, as an non-conscientious imbiber, I’m sure the first mistake I may make is to dive into the bottle immediately upon opening. Sorry, but when I pop that cork (or untwist that screw nowadays), I’m usually on a mission. So in this case let’s say I gave it, oh, 2 minutes to breathe before pouring. Sue me.
Now, when I swirl and look at the wine in my glass my wife will roll her eyes and move slowly away from me. However, I do take pleasure in it and I’m not sure if it’s the whole ritual of it or if I’m actually appreciating its characteristics. Let’s call it both. In this case, Rodney was a rich and ruddy color, leaving nothing but the clearest residual of itself after doing “The Tip”. Nose was really nice, and dammit if I didn’t notice the label on the back used the same adjective I came up with: peppery. But there you have it. There was some berry action happening too, but I’ll need to learn to focus better to further decipher which of the berry family was represented for future entries. Buuuuut… sticking my nose in that glass and drawing in invoked a nice little tingle deep in the ol’ nostrils. Like Alice in Wonderland enticed by a bottle hollering ‘Drink Me’, well, that I did.
So anyway, I’m a newcomer to Zins, but I have to say I’ll be sticking around for a while. I really like this wine. It’s clean, sticks in your mouth just long enough to remind you you want another sip and the finish struck me as… buttery? Can I say that? It had a bit of a buttery finish to me, not sure how else to put it. I mean it in the nicest way because believe me, I had more than the one glass.
At any rate I’ll be picking this one up again. And again. And in the meantime hopefully improving my God-given talents around discussing wine. Or at the very least, appreciating it.
Now go buy a bottle.