2007 Barber Cellars “Mr. Beast” Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley

01302009Well, it’s ZAP time folks. Graham and I are down in San Francisco to do our thing at the big Zinfandel Tasting at the Fort Mason Center tomorrow. We’ve got our rental car and have done a tour of familiar spots in town. One of them was K & L Wine Merchants… one  my favourite wine shops in town.

While we were there, we picked up a couple of bottles to pop open tonight to get things going. Of course one of them was a Zinfandel – a small-production wine from Barber Cellars. There were only 200 cases of this blend of 85% Zinfandel and 15% Sangiovese made.

God, I love finding cool little wines… it just makes me all warm and fuzzy. This won’t knock you out with it’s size or jamminess, but you will have a little “Wow” moment when the dark chocolate coated maraschino cherry finish builds and lingers in your mouth. That follows a nose of ripe blackberry, dark chocolate and licorice. Before that tasty finish, there’s a crushed juice bit of blackberry and cracked pepper… then that “Wow.”

It’s a good deal down here. So search it out if you can.

$18 USD at K & L Wines.

4 stars