2005 Neyers Vineyards Zinfandel, High Valley Vineyards, Napa Valley

04082009You all know I like a good Zinfandel, so when Marquis Wine Cellars – the shop with Vancouver’s best selection of Zins – sent out a recent newsletter touting the Neyers Tofanelli and High Valley Zins, I had to pay them a visit. We’re just putting together some homemade pizza, so I figured there’s no time like the present to crack it open and give it a taste.

Wow… what a nose. The initial whiff gives up a big bunch of crushed dark plum, black cherry and a cool spicy edge. Sounds good, right? Well, a sip is even better. It explodes with all that dark plum and cherry fruit and leads into a balanced, spicy and finely tannic finish that lasts a minute. Did I like it? Hell yeah.

It’s funny. This wine really shows how subjective wine reviews can be. I checked with the Wine Dictator and they gave it a lowly 82-point rating, calling it “Lean and a bit austere…“. On the Neyers web site, the other end of the scale is shown in a 91-point rating and glowing review from Robert Parker. Here’s what he had to say: “Displaying both elegance and power, this beauty can be drunk over the next 5-7 years.” I’m going to side with RP on this one.

If you’re a Zin fan and can find it, I would highly recommend this wine.

$42.90 at Marquis Wine Cellars.

4 1/2 stars