2005 Mazzocco Sonoma Zinfandel Pony, Dry Creek Valley

01272007.jpgWell ZAP is over for another year. I arrived home from San Francisco tonight and was craving a full glass of something I had tried at the festival yesterday. I’ve got a lot to write about from the last few days, but first up is this wine.

A couple of days ago, Graham and I drove by their winery just before hitting Ridge Lytton Springs… we were on a tight timeline, so although we wanted to stop, we passed it by. I wish we had paid them a visit.

Yesterday, we hit up their booth at ZAP and were finally able to taste the Mazzocco Zinfandel lineup being poured by the winemaker, Antoine Favero… and wow. Although their wines are certainly on the big and boozy side (this one is 16.2% ABV), they are extremely good. I had picked the “Pony” up at the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa on our way back down to San Fran for ~$24. That’s a bargain, folks.

It’s a blend of 97% Zinfandel and 3% Petite Sirah from the terraced vineyards of the Dry Creek Valley. To say this wine is sexy is doing it a disservice. In the glass it’s a deep and dark purple-red. Its nose literally conjures images of blackberry pie with a licorice stick on the side. A juicy sip gives up all that blackberry, with some cherry cola and a long, surprisingly balanced and finely tannic finish. So good.

Apparently the Wine Spectator has recently given this wine 90 points… I’d say it’s a touch better than that. This is a fantastic Zinfandel.

~$24 USD (490 cases produced).

4 1/2 stars

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