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Wine – 2004 Montevina Zinfandel, Terra d’Oro Field Blend, Amador County

05302007.jpgOK… so anyone who reads this blog at all knows I’m a huge fan of a well-made Zinfandel. I’ll travel far and wide to get my hands on a good bottle of Zin. So, I’ll get right to the point here… this isn’t one of them. It’s thin, slightly bitter and although it shows some decent fruit, it lacks that roundness and balance that a good Zinfandel possesses.

I’ve had some great field blends wines that have a certain percentage of each grape that are grown, harvested and fermented together from the same vineyard. This one has 80% Zin, 13% Petite Sirah and 7% Barbera and 14.5% booze.

There’s some ripe red berry fruit and a minerality on the nose that is nice, but having had this wine once, it’s not one I’d buy again. There’s much better stuff out there.

Not so much.

$29.99 in LDB stores here in BC.

2.5 stars

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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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