$21, 5 stars, 93 points, california, North Coast, VWTC, zinfandel
Our second wine at the 28th virtual tasting was this Zinfandel that had a smidge of Petite Sirah and Barbera mixed in. It tied as my wine of the night.
Medium ruby colored it’s not as opaque as I was expecting. The nose had tobacco, ripe boysenberry, cherry cola, chocolate covered cherries, black pepper, dark plums and green peppercorns. The palate was dry with low tannins, medium acidity and deliciously smooth flavors of pepper, freeze-dried strawberry, tobacco, dried cherry and raisin. Medium bodied, this wine was lower in alcohol than I was assuming- 14.7% ABV. It’s a lot, but I have seen Zins in the 16% range. A long finish was this wine’s crowning achievement making it a 19 pointer on our grading scale. I would rate it 93 points and for $21 I might have to load up on this 5 star effort. Drink until 2025 with lean red meat dishes. Salut….