2005 Bucklin Mixed Blacks Red Wine

02132007.gifThis was another of the wines I picked up at K & L Wines while I was in SF for ZAP. The friendly and knowledgeable wine guy, Mike, described it as deep and dark – a wine not made for the faint-of-heart. It comes from a field blend of primarily Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, and Grenache from vines planted in 1999.

In case you’re wondering, a “field blend” is when all the grapes are grown together in a mixed patch of the vineyard. Instead of harvesting and fermenting the varieties separately, they’re all picked and crushed together. The wine is just made as a field blend from the start.

I opened the wine with my dolce metà last night (I’m trying to convert her to a Zin lover – “liker”, at the very least) and, although I’d disagree with Mike on the description of the wine, I really liked it. The colour was medium-dark red and the nose had a whack of ripe, juicy berry fruit. This came through in the flavours, along with an edge of vanilla spice… and a nice medium-length finish. It wasn’t too complex, but it was tasty and went well with the Calabrese pizza we had from Incendio.

It sells for $22 (USD) at K&L Wines, but isn’t available up here… I’m guessing it would be roughly $40-45 CDN if it were.

4 stars

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