Rich and forward in jammy black cherry, raspberry and spice flavors, this Zinfandel drinks well now. It’s a tannic wine, as you’d expect off Howell Mountain, but those tannins are refined and sweet. Drink now with a nice steak.
A good, rugged Zinfandel, tannic and spicy, with a rustic mouthfeel framing wild berry, currant, licorice, beef jerky and spice flavors. Drink now with spicy pork, beef and chicken dishes.
Haraszthy’s old-vine wine has a good Zin nose and great mouthfeel and just the right balance of spice and plumminess. Medium in weight it’s not heavy-handed the way old-vine Zin can often be, tasting of just-ripe blackberries, but the spice that’s so nice throughout doesn’t stick around for the finish.
Val Haraszthy, the great-great-grandson of California viticultural pioneer Agoston Haraszthy, has made California Zins his focus, with offerings from Sonoma, Howell Mountain and here, Amador County. The result here is a tad rough, an unbelievably big (15.6% alcohol) wine that doesn’t deliver much yet in terms of aroma or taste. Maybe in time?