$12, 4 stars, 88 points, california, Old vine Zinfandel, zinfandel
Deep ruby, not quite opaque but with high viscosity legs (13.5% ABV). The nose has aromas of purple licorice, black pepper, candied plum and Luxardo cherries. There’s a hint of gaminess as well. The palate is dry with medium acidity and silky smooth medium tannins that make for a creamy mouthfeel. The body is medium to full and I get a dichotomy of ripeness- tart blueberries coupled with super ripe plum and black cherry. There is a phenolic bitterness that hits mid-palate which leads to a rather long finish where the fruit melds together. The candied nature of the aromas dissipated on the palate (thank goodness). There is very little oak noted on this Zinfandel blend. I like it and would pair it with BBQ, smoked meats or even a deep fried Turkey. 88 points from me for this $12 offering makes it a 4 star wine to buy in bulk for those summer parties. Drink now. Salut….