The second wine of our virtual tasting was this Lodi blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot and Cab Sav. The nose was magnificent- lush, jammy blackberry, cocoa, dark plums. The palate was a different matter. We all immediately sensed a certain sweetness that we were not expecting. The wine is very fruity and concentrated with loads of black fruits. Tannins are apparent but not overbearing and there is a decent level of acidity to make for a nice mouthfeel. The cloying fruit however was a detractor for many in the group. Funnily enough, it was voted the best wine by a third of the attendees. I guess that sweetness appeals to some but not all. Each to his own. For me it was an 86 point wine that I feel was a little too manufactured and lacked finesse relying heavily on gobs of jammy fruit. Drink now. For $14 it gets 3 stars. Salut….
Nice shades of purple with medium opacity. Zins tend to have higher alcohol and this one shows off its 15.5% very nicely on the legs. The nose is interesting- honey, blackberry preserves, cinnamon stick and black oak. On the palate it is very approachable right off the bat with blackberries, tea leaf and an intro to the very fine grained tannins. On the midpalate there is a stringy astringency that is putting me out of whack. The fruit subsided very quickly to make way for some bitter tannins unfortunately. Greeness prevails from that point to the finish. I’m trying to coax more of that delightful, jammy goodness but I’m being overpowered. This wine might need some cellaring but the green tannins will always be green unfortunately. 86 points from me and 3 stars for this $13 wine. Drink now. Salut….
I picked this bottle up on my trip to the Wine Library in New Jersey, they were pushing it as a good Thanksgiving choice. I had other plans for Turkey day but liked it enough to buy a bottle. In the glass it shows decent purple hues, but is somewhat lighter looking. On the nose- Christmas cake, cherries jubilee and spice box. On the palate, a really smooth intro of black fruits, dark cherries and cedar shingle. Very smooth indeed, with subtle tannins and a touch of acidity. This wine is very easy to drink due to the gorgeous mouthfeel but beware, it only hits 13% alcohol and you might find yourself sipping all night! As the wine hits the mid palate it shows off some typical Zin notes of plums and pepper. The finish is decent and mid length with some tannins showing up right at the end along with some plum torte. This wine does not need food, it flows ever so nicely but I can see why they recommended it to pair with Turkey. It would also go beautifully with a grilled Pork Chop, bone in. Given the choice I will pick old vine Zin every time, they are more refined, smoother and in my opinion easier to drink with lower alcohol. This wine is a great example. I am going with 91 points and 5 stars for a delicious effort that costs $13, what a bargain! I’m ordering more for sure. Salut….
Moxie and I went to the local Costco yesterday and I steered us into the wine aisle… I picked up some interesting wines but the label on this one sold both Moxie and me. She’s a graphic artist by trade and has a good eye for marketing. This label was a winner. I glanced at the back label and immediately decided I needed to try this blend of 85% Petite Sirah and 15% Petit Verdot.
On my recent trip to Napa I ended up the Cosentino winery where Moxie and I visited two years ago. Funny thing is she had a broken foot on that trip and I had one on this. I digress. I ended up tasting everything I could get my hands onto and ordering a case of wine to be shipped home- I also joined their mailing list, a first for me.
I was thinking of my parents when I ordered a few bottles of the Chard, which is made from Lodi fruit. They like it crisp, not buttery and certainly not sweet. This one filled all the requirements. Medium gold in color with a nose of fresh citrus, green apples and quince. The first impression is of a medium weight wine with pear, apple and lemon. Not overly worked- this wine has a slight hint of malolactic fermentation and a deft use of oak. Very crafty. Generous mouthfeel and a touch of acidity make it easy to drink. My member pricing was $16. I’m going with 88 points and 4 stars. Time to order more methinks, summer is coming and one needs a constant supply of chilled whites to pop at a moments notice! It will go awesomely with some grilled shrimp, perhaps salmon mousse and cucumbers on melba toast- you get the drift. Salut….
Continuing with our Reno weekend collection of wines, this Lodi Zin was a real treat. However, I was starting to suffer ‘palate fatigue’ not to mention a slight buzz so my notes got shorter and less detailed. The essence of this wine is as follows-
Purple plums and black currant mid
Good acidity and a mild tannic hint
That’s what it comes to at 2 am after a gut full of vino and good times. I found it online for $22 and was surprised to see that it only got 84 points from WE yet my peers at cellartracker gave it 90. Strange variation but I’m going with 3 stars for my 89 points and it’s 22 price. Sorry for the brevity! Salut….
Two points to note. I love Cabernet Franc, and I am a fan of Cosentino wines having visited their tasting room in Napa back in June with Moxie. I saw this wine on the list at a nearby Cajun-Korean Fusion restaurant. With no hesitation, the wine was ordered and poured into some rather nice BAG’s (Big Assed Glasses). This wine is from Lodi fruit and was slightly atypical. I almost sensed a Zinfandel component. The red fruits and berry flavors gave way to some plum jam and earth with a peppery spice finishing it off. The wine itself had good acidity and the tannins were smooth. The flavors of the package were very delightful. I was expecting the softer more perfumed style of Franc but was happy to have experienced a different terroir and style for this varietal. It is listed at $22 on the winery’s website and I reckon it delivers the goods. 90 points and 4 stars from me. Salut….
Wow. What a beautiful Zinfandel. This wine was absolutely delicious. Plums and blueberry galore, on the nose, the palate, the finish. Not jammy, like many over-the-top Zins, but smooth, mellow and refined. I can see a lot of care has been put into crafting this wine. The winemaker has worked the old vine grapes into a powerful wine, yet hiding the massive 14.5% alcohol behind a balanced canvas of sweet tannins and bright acidity. Very complex once you start to delve into it, the wine offered up some nuances that will no doubt further evolve when the wine is cellared. I imagine it will develop over the next 6 years and drink beautifully until 2020 at the least. For sure a 5 star wine and 91 points in my opinion. If you can find a bottle of this, snag it… Well worth the effort.
PS. This wine was a gift from a friend, I am duly grateful that he was able to share this spectacular bottle.
Wow! I am absolutely stunned by the nose of this wine. Unique, full force and unfamiliar. This wine is a different beast that has really peaked my interest. Hard core Cabernet on the nose, with black and blue fruits fighting for pole position.
Somooth….. Like buttah. I’m talking about mouth caressing tannins co-mingling with the over-abundant fruit in this hedonistic effort. Dark brooding fruit and balanced acidity on the palate hold out for a medium finish. I wonder if this wine will further improve….. Who cares, it’s so good you need to drink it now. A serious 5 star wine in my books, 91 points or higher if I were a pro taster….this is not a BBQ wine. It is fine by itself and would pair nicely with Filet.